DATE=11/8/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAK / NUCLEAR (L-O) NUMBER=2-255936 BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Pakistan's military government says it will not sign the global nuclear test ban treaty unless sanctions against it are removed. As Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad, the country's Foreign Minister says Pakistan will not be the first to conduct a nuclear test in the region. TEXT: Pakistani Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar says his country will continue its efforts to contain nuclear dangers in South Asia. But he says Pakistan will not abandon its nuclear option. // SATTAR ACT // Minimum credible deterrence will remain our policy. We will not participate in build-up of strategic arsenals. We cannot afford it. Nor is it necessary. // END ACT // Pakistan and India conducted nuclear tests last year, triggering international economic sanctions against the two rival nations. Further sanctions were imposed last month after the military ousted the democratically elected government in Pakistan. Pakistan wants all sanctions lifted before it signs the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. India has not signed the pact. But Foreign Minister Sattar says the country's military government -- in his words -- remains sensitive to the world community's concerns for nuclear non-proliferation. He promises Pakistan will not be the first to carry out more nuclear tests. // SATTAR ACT TWO // We will observe the spirit of the treaty. We will not be the first to conduct further tests. We have no intention to take any provocative step on the nuclear issue in general and C-T-B-T in particular. // END ACT // Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Sattar accuses India of resisting moves to improve relations between the two countries. // SATTAR ACT // Pakistan wants to improve relations, but India does not give that prospect a chance. Instead of resolving differences on basis of law and justice it seeks to exploit power disparity to impose unilateral preferences. // END ACT // India and Pakistan have fought two wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947. Military forces of the two countries regularly clash along their disputed border in the Kashmir region. India controls two- thirds of Kashmir and Pakistan the rest. (SIGNED) NEB/AG/RAE 08-Nov-1999 11:05 AM EDT (08-Nov-1999 1605 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .