News


DATE=5/16/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232332
TITLE=CLINTON / TEST BAN (S-ONLY)
BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST
DATELINE=BIRMINGHAM
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  AT THE BIRMINGHAM SUMMIT, PRESIDENT CLINTON IS AWAITING A
REPORT FROM DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT ON HIS 
EFFORT TO PERSUADE PAKISTAN  NOT  TO RESPOND IN KIND TO INDIA'S 
NUCLEAR TESTS.  V-O-A'S DAVID GOLLUST REPORTS FROM BIRMINGHAM.

TEXT:  MR. TALBOTT HEADED TO BRITAIN TO MEET THE PRESIDENT AFTER 
SEEING PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF AND URGING RESTRAINT
IN THE WAKE OF THE NUCLEAR TESTS.  U-S OFFICIALS ARE WORRIED THE 
INDIAN BLASTS WILL ACCELERATE THE SOUTH ASIAN ARMS RACE AND KILL 
OFF EFFORTS FOR A GLOBAL TEST BAN.  IN HIS SATURDAY RADIO MESSAGE
-- FROM THE BIRMINGHAM SUMMIT -- MR. CLINTON SAID U-S SENATE 
RATIFICATION OF THE TEST BAN TREATY HAS BECOME MORE URGENT:

                     ///CLINTON ACTUALITY///

         I SUBMITTED THE TREATY TO THE SENATE LAST FALL. NOW IT'S
         ALL THE MORE IMPORT THAT THE SENATE ACT QUICKLY -- THIS 
         YEAR -- SO THAT WE CAN INCREASE THE PRESSURE ON AND 
         ISOLATION OF OTHER NATIONS THAT MAY BE CONSIDERING THEIR
         OWN NUCLEAR TEST EXPLOSIONS.

                          ///END ACT///

THE PRESIDENT SAID INDIA CAN REVERSE COURSE FROM THE DANGEROUS 
PATH IT HAS EMBARKED ON BY SIGNING THE TEST BAN TREATY 
IMMEDIATELY AND WITHOUT CONDITIONS. (SIGNED)

NEB/DAG/JO

16-May-98 8:26 AM EDT (1226 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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