July 1998 India
Special Weapons News
- Costly n-command structure not required By Atul Aneja The Hindu 31-07-1998 :: Pg: 10 :: India could do without an expensive nuclear command and control structure by integrating a small atomic arsenal under a composite Strategic Air Command, says Air Marshall (Retd.) Kapil Kak.
- India, a vassal state? Ashok Mitra Rediff On The NeT 31 July 1998 -- It is perhaps only a matter of weeks before New Delhi appends its approval to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Pakistan will, of course, do the same. The behind the scene negotiations now on are to evolve a facesaving formula for enabling the governments of the two down and out nations to somehow tell their respective peoples: never mind appearances, the wholesale capitulation is in fact a stupendous positive achievement.
- SAARC SUMMIT Voice of America 31 July 1998 -
LEADERS OF SEVEN SOUTH ASIAN NATIONS HAVE CALLED FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS. A DECLARATION ISSUED BY THE SEVEN LEADERS SAYS THE SPREAD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAN NOT BE CHECKED UNLESS EVERYONE DISMANTLES THEIR ARSENALS.
- PAK-INDIA Voice of America 31 July 1998 -
PAKISTAN AND INDIA SAY THERE HAS BEEN NO PROGRESS IN THEIR TALKS IN SRI LANKA, BUT THEY HAVE COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO CONTINUE A DIALOGUE THROUGH DIPLOMATIC CHANNELS.
- India won't sign CTBT in its 'present form' The Hindustan Times 30 July 1998 -- India will not sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in its present form or any other such treaty that was discriminatory and against the country's security interests. This was stated in response to supplementaries in the Lok Sabha today.
- Nuclear destabilisation Kamal Mitra Chenoy The Hindustan Times 30 July 1998 --
The euphoria about the nuclear tests has dissipated. This was only to be expected. Not only India's international isolation and the sanctions, but also the earlier consensus on nuclear ambiguity, have contributed to the growing opposition to the proposed weaponisation and deployment programme.
- Madeleine and Bill and the Attila-the-Hen school of foreign policy Rajeev Srinivasan Rediff on the Net 30 July 1998 - Margaret Thatcher used to be called Attila the Hen; that epithet is appropriate for Madeleine Albright these days. The US has decided that India is an enemy; conveniently, Indians are not white, so the barely-hidden racism that fuels a lot of American thinking can come to the fore -- these brown guys need to be taught a lesson.
- PMs direct resumption of Indo-Pakistan talks By K. K. Katyal The Hindu : 30-07-1998 :: Pg: 01 :: The keenly-awaited meeting this evening of the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee and Mr. Nawaz Sharif, made a limited - or tenuous- headway, as they agreed to resume the dialogue process
- INDIA PAKISTAN Voice of America 30 July 1998 -
TOP FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN ARE MEETING IN SRI LANKA TO WORK OUT PLANS TO RESUME PEACE TALKS BETWEEN THE NATIONS.
- PAKISTAN INDIA Voice of America 29 July 1998 - PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF SAYS INDIA MUST SHOW SOME FLEXIBILITY ON THE KASHMIR DISPUTE AND AGREE TO THIRD PARTY MEDIATION ON THE ISSUE.
- Daily News - 29 July 1998 -- India has made its position very clear regarding the Kashmir issue and has rejected third party mediation. But Pakistan is insisting only on third party mediation and has linked up the Kashmir issue with signing of the CTBT.
- VAJPAYEE-SHARIF MEETING Voice of America 28 July 1998
INDIAN POLITICAL ANALYSTS SAY THEY ARE NOT EXPECTING MUCH FROM A MEETING BETWEEN THE PRIME MINISTERS OF PAKISTAN AND INDIA IN COLOMBO.
- SAARC / PAK-INDIA Voice of America 28 July 1998
INDIAN PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE SAYS HE IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TALKS HE WILL HAVE WITH PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF AT THE SUMMIT OF THE SOUTH ASIAN ASSOCIATION FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION.
- ASEAN / NUCLEAR Voice of America 28 July 1998
THE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS AND ITS 10 SO-CALLED DIALOGUE PARTNERS MET (MONDAY) IN MANILA AS THE ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM. THEY ISSUED A WATERED-DOWN DENUNCIATION OF THE
RECENT NUCLEAR TESTS BY INDIA AND PAKISTAN.
- INDIA / NUCLEAR EXPERTS Voice of America 28 July 1998 LEADING INDIAN DEFENSE EXPERTS SAY THE COUNTRY IS UNLIKELY TO DEPLOY NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THEY DESCRIBE INDIA'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM AS AN INSTRUMENT TO PREVENT INTIMIDATION.
- US blacklists 63 Indian, five Pak institutions C K Arora Rediff On The NeT 27 July 1998 -- Soon after the US administration expelled seven Indian scientists, it blacklisted many of the country's major scientific institutions, including the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the Indian Space Research Organisation, restricting their interaction with US-based organisations. The US energy department has made public a list of 63 such Indian and five Pakistani organisations that will be subjected to US sanctions announced after the May nuclear tests by the two countries.
- The blacklist This is the list of 63 Indian organisations currently affected by the US sanctions.
- So, it was an H-Bomb after all Rediff On The NeT 27 July 1998 -- India's first test at Pokhran on May 11 comprised a hydrogen bomb and the yield was closer to 60 kilotons, it has been confirmed following the release of data collected by 125 seismic stations across the world. The respected New Scientist magazine confirmed the near 60 kiloton yield.
- Army was in the dark on N-tests, says former Naval chief The Hindustan Times July 27,1998 --
Former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral L. Ramdas today alleged that the armed forces were kept in the dark on Pokhran nuclear tests and claimed that had they been taken into confidence the Vajpayee Government might have been prevailed upon to exercise restraint. (Full story)
- Expulsions aimed at chip tech The Hindustan Times July 27,1998 The expulsion of seven Indian scientists is apparently aimed at crippling development of chip technology, which is the Achilles heel of Indian science, experts here say.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , JULY 27, 1998 -- INDIA Some research scientists have had their US-funded research contracts terminated
- EXCERPTS: CLINTON COMMENTS ON INDIA, PAKISTAN
26 July 1998 -- The May nuclear testing carried out by India and Pakistan has "awakened the West -- and Americans, in particular -- to the idea that a lot of our children's future will depend on what happens in the Indian subcontinent," President Clinton said July 26.
- U.S. may accept our n-status: Fernandes The Hindu 26-07-1998 :: Pg: 01 Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes said the dialogue between the Prime Minister's special emissary, Mr. Jaswant Singh, and the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Mr. Strobe Talbott, was``moving in the right direction'', and there was a ``softening of attitude.''
- No substantial move forward in Indo-US talks: Fernandes The Times of India 26 July 1998 - Stating that there had been ``no substantial movement forward'' in talks with the United States, defence minister George Fernandes has said that there has in fact been a certain hardening in US stance which was evident from the denial of visas to Indian scientists as also their expulsion from that country.
- REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT RECEPTION FOR DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS july 26, 1998 -- What I think we have to do is to go back to find a series of confidence-building measures which will enable these two nations to work together and trust each other more and to move back from the brink of military confrontation and from nuclear confrontation.
- CLINTON/ INDIA-PAKISTAN Voice of America 26 July 1998 U-S OFFICIALS SAY PRESIDENT CLINTON'S PLANNED TRIP TO INDIA AND PAKISTAN LATER THIS YEAR IS STILL UNDER REVIEW -- DESPITE COMMENTS MADE BY THE PRESIDENT LATE SATURDAY SUGGESTING
THE VISIT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
- INDIA / SCIENTISTS Voice of America 26 July 1998
INDIA HAS CRITICIZED THE UNITED STATES FOR ASKING SEVEN INDIAN SCIENTISTS TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY UNDER SANCTIONS IMPOSED AFTER INDIAN NUCLEAR TESTS.
- ASEAN targets the big nuclear powers too P. S. Suryanarayana The Hindu - 26-07-1998 :: Pg: 01 :: By
In a surprise but considered endorsement of India's on the nuclear arms question, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) today``strongly urged the nuclear-weapon States to take concrete and timely measures towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons in compliance with the provisions of the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty).''
Today's statement by the ASEAN Ministers came as a dramatic reversal of the denunciation of India and Pakistan by the Philippines President, Mr. Joseph Estrada.
- ASEAN prevails over Sino-US axis The Times of India 26 July 1998 - Despite backroom lobbying by the United States and China, the ASEAN (Association of South-east Asian Nations) Regional Forum refused to condemn India for conducting five nuclear tests on May 11 and May 13. The initial draft of the ARF chairman's statement was diluted to exchange the word ``condemn'' for ``grave concern'' and ``strongly deplore''.
- ASEAN soft-pedals N-test issue The Times of India 26 July 1998 - : Despite sustained behind-the-scene pressure from
Japan, Australia and China, the closing statement of the current ASEAN chairman, Philippines foreign minister Domingo Siazon, contained only a mild reference to the nuclear tests conducted in May by India and Pakistan.
- U.S. fears missile threat from India, Pak. The Hindu 25 July 1995 - State Department spokesman James Rubin said ``We are putting ourselves in a position so that by the year 2000, if these threats from China, North Korea, India, Pakistan and West Asia really materialise... We can make a decision to deploy" a missile defence system.
- The May 1998 India and Pakistan Nuclear Tests Terry C. Wallace, Southern Arizona Seismic Observatory (SASO) University of Arizona -- July 23, 1998 -- PrePrint of a Paper to
Appear in the September SRL -- The May 11 India test had a seismic yield of 10-15 kt. This is a factor of 4 smaller than that announced by the Indian government, and there have been several attempts to explain the discrepancy.
- India will have N-powered submarine by 2007, says Jane's Rediff On The NeT 23 July 1998 -- India will launch its first nuclear-powered submarine around 2006 or 2007, Jane's Defence Weekly has reported. The nuclear reactor for the submarine, built by the Department of Atomic Energy at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Trombay, northeast Bombay, will begin tests at the Kalpakkam Atomic Research Centre near Madras within 12 months. The submarine's keel will be laid by 2002, two years after the completion of land tests on the nuclear reactor.
- Indian scientists working in U.S. told to leave The Hindu 24 July 1998 -- The Clinton administration has asked seven Indian scientists working in the U.S. to leave the country in what is seen as a punitive action against scientists for India's achievements in the nuclear and missile fields.
- LS Questions: 'Scientist's view on N-test incorrect' The Hindustan Times 23 July 1998 - The government today termed as 'erroneous' the conclusion drawn by a nuclear scientist that the Pokhran tests did not comprise a hydrogen bomb and said it is not possible to determine the nature of an explosive device by looking into seismic data.
- Govt warned on test ban pact: Talbott calls on Sonia The Hindustan Times 22 July 1998 - The Congress [Party] today warned the BJP-led Government against signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in its present form. Washington wants New Delhi to sign the CTBT as a pre-condition for a proposed visit to India by President Bill Clinton and New Delhi appears willing to do so on condition that sanctions as well as restrictions on high-tech exports to India are lifted.
- Focus shifts to SAARC, ASEAN meetings Amberish K Diwanji Rediff on the Net 22 July 1998 - The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government has a thin majority in Parliament and there is always the risk that Parliament will not ratify the CTBT, mandatory under the treaty.
- Gaps unbridged at Indo-U.S. talks By K. K. Katyal The Hindu 22 July 1998 - The discussions so far helped
clarify the positions of the two sides but the gaps had yet to be bridged. August-end is an implied deadline for a breakthrough. The U.S. came out with a new formulation - till recently it was insisting on unconditional and immediate adherence to the CTBT by India (and Pakistan), but now it may be willing to consider credible movement in that direction. New Delhi would,
want India's positive gesture on the CTBT to be reciprocated through relaxation of curbs on the transfer of high technology.
- Australia doubts Indian, Pak. claims on n-Tests The Hindu 22 July 1998 - India and Pakistan might have deliberately overstated the number of nuclear tests they conducted in May, the Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO) said on Tuesday. Seismologists in Australia and round the world detected only one of the five tests claimed by India and two of the six claimed by Pakistan.
- India hires Solarz for lobbying Dawn, July 21, 1998: -- India has hired former congressman Stephen Solarz, the well known Jewish Democrat from New York, as a full time lobbyist inWashington.
- Indo-U.S. talks on 'right track' By K. K. Katyal The Hindu 21 July 1998 -- India and the U.S. today appeared to have agreed to allow time for a proper atmosphere to be created to enable them
to harmonise their positions. The U.S. would like India to take certain steps, to enable the Administration to tell the people that gate-crashers into the nuclear club were not being rewarded. As for India, the Government and the ruling establishment would need to present to the people ``gains'', while seeking support for the reversal of the anti-CTBT line.
- Positive touch in Talbott talks The Hindustan Times 21 July 1998 -- The US has moved from a demand for an immediate roll-back of its nuclear weapons and missile programme to a demand that it does not deploy its nuclear arsenal and missiles. India conveyed its willingness to sign the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) provided certain concessions for its acquisition of advanced dual-purpose technology for furthering its nuclear programme are made available through negotiations for a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT). A fourth round of talks between Mr Talbott and Mr Jaswant Singh would be held in Washington around the second half of August.
- INDIA / NUCLEAR Voice of America 21 July 1998 --
THE VERY FACT THAT THEY HAVE NOT SAID MUCH BEYOND THE USUAL DIPLOMATIC WORDS GOES TO SHOW THAT NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT, THAT THEY HAVE BEEN QUITE INTENSE.
- INDIA NUCLEAR Voice of America 20 July 1998 --
NEW DELHI HAS INDICATED IT COULD BE WILLING TO JOIN THE COMPREHENSIVE TEST BAN TREATY IF INDIA IS GIVEN THE STATUS OF A NUCLEAR WEAPONS STATE.
- Daily News 20 July 1998 -- India may not alter its declared stand that building a minimal nuclear deterrent is not negotiable nor will it agree to rolling back or freezing its weaponisation programme. According to official sources, New Delhi will firmly reiterate its stiff opposition to entertaining any third party mediation on Kashmir.
- India, US on verge of breakthrough Amberish K Diwanji, Rediff 20 July 1998 -- US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's visit to India later this year still appears to be on the cards. Albright and Jaswant Singh are likely to meet next fortnight when both attend the ASEAN summit in Manila.
- India stands by 'no first strike' offer Dawn, 20 July 1998: Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes said on Sunday that New Delhi would continue to offer a "no first use of nuclear weapons" proposal to Pakistan despite its rejection by Islamabad.
- TRANSCRIPT: STATE DEPT. NOON BRIEFING 20 July 1998 --
INDIA/PAKISTAN Sanctions Legislation International Support for Sanctions/Deputy Secretary Talbott's Meetings/Resolving the Rift over Kashmir/Effect of Sanctions
- Towards a give and take between India and US By Apratim Mukarji The Hindustan Times 20 July 1998 --
In a major shift from its earlier stand, the US now demands that the two South Asian countries "refrain from deploying nuclear weapons or missile systems." It is however the conditions that follow that set the tone for negotiations between India and the US: "Halt the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons and participate constructively in negotiations towards a fissile material cut-off treaty." India has quietly dropped its demand for being recognised as a nuclear weapons state (NWS). Similarly, it concedes that it is time for it to sign the CTBT unconditionally.
- Post- Pokhran dialogue N.C.Menon The Hindustan Times 20 July 1998 -- As for the CTBT, New Delhi has not moved from Arundhati Ghose's "we shall not sign, now nor ever" statement at the Committee on Disarmament in Geneva. The Western demand that India sign the CTBT unconditionally will never be fulfilled. The US has been clearly told that no government can survive in India if it even considers scrapping the intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) Agni.
- Talbott arrives for Indo-US talks The Hindustan Times 20 July 1998 -- New Delhi is unlikely to accept any third party mediation on Kashmir despite the linkage drawn by Islamabad between the protracted dispute and the nuclear question. No breakthrough is envisaged in the negotiations on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) with India having termed as "unacceptable" the US stand that it sign the Treaty immediately and without any condition.
- INDIA NUCLEAR Voice of America 20 July 1998 --
DEPUTY U-S SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT IS HOLDING TALKS IN INDIA IN EFFORTS TO NARROW DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND NEW DELHI ON NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION.
- U-S / INDIA / TALKS Voice of America 19 July 1998 -- DEPUTY U-S SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT COMES TO INDIA FOR TWO DAYS OF TALKS, BEGINNING MONDAY. THE TOP U-S CONCERN IS TO GET INDIA AND PAKISTAN TO SIGN THE COMPREHENSIVE TEST BAN TREATY. INDIA HAS INDICATED IT COULD BE WILLING TO JOIN THE TREATY IF NEW DELHI IS GIVEN THE STATUS OF A NUCLEAR WEAPONS STATE.
- Pallone moves Bill to waive trade curbs against India The Hindustan Times 18 July 1998 -- Congressional authority for President Clinton to have greater discretion in waiving unilateral sanctions against India and Pakistan came a step closer yesterday with Congressman Frank Pallone, New Jersey Democrat, introducing legislation to be known as the South Asia Sanctions Flexibility Act.
- Sino-US statement objectionable: PM The Hindustan Times 17 July 1998 --
India is prepared to face any eventuality and its capability and preparedness in this regard were amply demonstrated through the nuclear tests, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee told the Rajya Sabha today.
- FARM POLICY / FOREIGN POLICY Voice of America 17 July 1998 -- THE LINKS BETWEEN FARM POLICY AND FOREIGN POLICY ARE GROWING STRONGER ALL THE TIME. THE AMERICAN ECONOMY IS BOOMING. THE ONE GLARING EXCEPTION IS THE FARM SECTOR.
- Work begins on vertically-launched Trishul The Hindustan Times 17 July 1998 --
In a significant development, the Indian Navy has begun work on a vertically launched surface-to-air Trishul missile with enhanced engagement and quick reaction capability.
- Govt denial on Agni The Hindustan Times 17 July 1998 -- The Defence Ministry today denied that the test-firing of the upgraded version of the intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) "Agni" was scheduled to take place in August, this year.
- India to test fire Agni in August, says report Dawn, July 17, 1998: India's defence ministry has ordered a test-firing of an upgraded version of the Agni intermediate-range ballistic missile in August. The new version of Agni would have a range of 2,000 km and would be capable of carrying a 1,000-kg warhead. Agni was last tested in February 1994 over a range of 1500 km.
- Improved Agni test-firing soon By P. Balu The Asian Age 16 July 1998 -- The defence ministry has ordered that the upgraded version of the intermediate range ballistic missile Agni be tested in August. The upgraded version of the missile will have a range of 2,000 km with a 1,000-kg warhead. The present variant of the missile is different from the technology demonstrator version that had a solid fuel-liquid
fuel-payload configuration, with the liquid fuel stage being replaced by another solid fuel stage. DRDO scientists have been asked to produce at least one improved Agni every month.
- India rejects Pak proposal on N-test ban treaty The News 16 July 1998 -- India on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Pakistan for a bilateral nuclear test ban treaty. Minister of State for External Affairs Vasundhara Raje said that the threats to Indian national security were not confined to Pakistan. "...issues related to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation cannot be limited to an arbitrarily defined geographical sub-region when nuclear weapons, by nature, have a global reach and impact, and India's security concerns extend well beyond that sub-region."
- STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT , JULY 15, 1998 -- Late last night, I was pleased to sign into law a bill that exempts agriculture credits from the nuclear sanctions imposed on Pakistan and India.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , JULY 15, 1998 -- INDIA Head of atomic energy commission applied for, then withdrew visa application
US is reviewing policy in the area of scientific and technology exchanges
- CLINTON / INDA-PAK Voice of America 15 July 1998 -- PRESIDENT CLINTON HAS SIGNED LEGISLATION EXEMPTING U-S AGRICULTURE SALES TO INDIA AND PAKISTAN FROM THE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS IMPOSED AGAINST THE TWO COUNTRIES BECAUSE OF THEIR
RECENT NUCLEAR TESTS.
- INDIA SCIENTIST Voice of America 15 July 1998
-- THE HEAD OF INDIA'S ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION SAYS HE HAS BEEN DENIED A VISA TO VISIT THE UNITED STATES.
- Urgent review of US foreign policy urged Hindustan Times 14 July 1998 -- Senator Joseph Biden, Delaware Democrat, is of the opinion that nuclear tests by India and Pakistan mandate an urgent reexamination of many aspects of US foreign and national security policy.
- China to seek support from Russia, Japan on India's N-issue Hindustan Times 14 July 1998 -- China is planning to seek support from Russia and Japan in its endeavour to put
pressure on India to renounce its nuclear programme and sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty unconditionally, analysts here say.
- China seeks support on N-issue The Times of India 14 July 1998 -- China is planning to seek support from Russia and
Japan in its endeavour to put pressure on India to renounce its
nuclear programme and sign the non-proliferation treaty (NPT)
unconditionally, analysts here say.
- INDIAN BOMB VIDEO Voice of America 13 July 1998 --
IN INDIA, A MUSIC VIDEO PRAISING THE COUNTRY'S NUCLEAR TESTS HAS BEEN RELEASED WITH THE SUPPORT OF A MEMBER OF THE RULING HINDU NATIONALIST BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY.
- U-S / SOUTH ASIA SANCTIONS Voice of America 13 July 1998 -- THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION IS SEEKING THE POWER TO EASE THE SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON INDIA AND PAKISTAN AFTER THOSE COUNTRIES TESTED NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
- An ineffective ban By L. K. Sharma Times of India 12 July 1998 - If the staff of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai has got accustomed to having Cornwall Clotted Cream with scones, it will have to do without it with immediate effect.
- Nuclear Pakistan pays the price M. B. NAQVI Times of India 12 July 1998 - For the last three days Pakistan's finance minister Sartaj Aziz has begun to familiarise the public with the possibility of Pakistan defaulting on external payments after months of reassuring lullabies to the people.
- Pallone for lifting trade curbs Hindustan Times 12 July 1998 - Congressman Frank Pallone, New Jersey Democrat and founder of the Congressional India Caucus, announced his intention yesterday to introduce legislation that would give President Clinton the authority to waive economic sanctions imposed against India, except in the case of military and dual-use technology.
- Statement of the Official Spokesman July 10, 1998 Mr. Jaswant Singh, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India, and Mr. Strobe Talbott, Deputy Secretary of State, met in Frankfurt on July 9 & 10.
- INDIA U-S Voice of America 10 July 1998 --
INDIAN PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE SAYS INDIA WILL NOT BOW TO WESTERN PRESSURE TO SIGN THE COMPREHENSIVE TEST BAN TREATY UNCONDITIONALLY, BUT NEW DELHI IS READY FOR TALKS ON
- LETTER DATED 8 JULY 1998 FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ADDRESSED
TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL S/1998/619 9 July 1998
In resolution 1172 (1998), adopted on 6 June 1998, the Security Council
condemned the nuclear tests conducted by India on 11 and 13 May 1998 and by
Pakistan on 28 and 30 May 1998 and set out a number of steps to be taken by the
- Daily News - 09 July 1998 -- New Delhi has ruled out India signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, CTBT, immediately and unconditionally.
- U-N / SOUTH ASIA NUCLEAR Voice of America 09 July 1998 -- U-N SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN SAYS HE IS TRYING TO ORGANIZE DIRECT TALKS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN AIMED AT REDUCING THE RISK OF NUCLEAR CONFRONTATIONS.
- INDIA/NUKES Voice of America 08 July 1998 --
INDIA'S FORMER PRIME MINISTER, INDER K. GUJRAL SAID INDIA'S CURRENT GOVERNMENT CONDUCTED UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR TESTS IN MAY TO BE TREATED FAIRLY.
- SENATE-SOUTH ASIA SANCTIONS Voice of America 07 July 1998 -- THE ADMINISTRATION AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE NOW RETHINKING THE SITUATION AND SUGGESTING THE SANCTIONS BE EASED.
- INDIA-PAKISTAN Voice of America 07 July 1998 --
INDIAN PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE SAYS HE WANTS BROAD KASHMIR DISCUSSIONS WITH PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF WHEN THEY MEET LATER THIS MONTH.
- INDIA MISSILE Voice of America 07 July 1998 --
INDIA HAS TEST-FIRED AN ANTI-TANK MISSILE AS PART OF ITS ONGOING WEAPONS PROGRAM.
- India willing to accept de facto NWS status Soumyajit Pattnaik The Pioneer 06 July 1998 - In a significant statement to members of the Standing Committee on External Affairs, Foreign Secretary K Raghunath on Friday said India would not "necessarily" strive for the Nuclear Weapon State (NWS) status.
- INDIA NUCLEAR Voice of America 06 July 1998 -- A SENIOR INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SOURCE SAYS INDIA HAS BEGUN A DIALOGUE WITH MAJOR NUCLEAR POWERS THAT COULD LEAD TO THE SIGNING OF THE COMPREHENSIVE TEST BAN TREATY.
- Afternoon Transmission Daily News 06 July 1998 --
India has sought some concessions like high-tech dual purpose technology in return for signing the CTBT. This has been conveyed to P-5 countries in the discussion now on with them through interlocutors.
- India to have strategic N-force: Fernandes By A. K. Dhar
Times of India 04 July 1998 -- India would soon have a strategic nuclear force to be used as a "strategic deterrence'' rather than tactical weapons, under an exclusive new command that would be given shape by the about-to-be-constituted National Security Council, defence minister George Fernandes has said.
- CLINTON / ASIA REACTION Voice of America 03 July 1998 -- IN INDIA THERE IS OUTRAGE AFTER PRESIDENTS CLINTON AND JIANG ISSUED A JOINT STATEMENT ASKING INDIA AND PAKISTAN TO SIGN THE COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY.
- India to acquire Russian S-300V system The Observer 01 July 1998 -- India will procure six Russian S-300V mobile air defence systems capable of destroying hostile aircraft and ballistic missiles.
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