Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

DATE=5/23/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=NUKE TEST (L-ONLY)
NUMBER=2-262724
BYLINE=JIM RANDLE
DATELINE=PENTAGON
INTERNET=YES
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  A U-S defense official says there have been 
recent signs that India and Pakistan are working 
toward another round of nuclear test --but he says the 
blast do not seem imminent. V-O-A Correspondent Jim 
Randle reports.
TEXT:  The official says U-S intelligence noticed 
activity at the sites of privious tests by India and 
Pakistan "a couple weeks ago" but says there was no 
indications that such tests are about to happen.
But the official says Indian and Pakistani scientists 
can probably finish test preparations "in short 
order".
The Pentagon's official comment follow a recent story 
in a Pakistani newspaper quoting unamed officials 
about Indian and Pakistani preparations for nuclear 
tests.
And Pakistan Radio says that country's foreign office 
"is aware" of press reports about possible Indian test 
preparations. The Radio report says Pakistan would 
react to a new Indian test "according to what is best 
for its national security."
A U-S official says Washington watches both nations' 
nuclear programs closely, and calls renewed nuclear 
testing "a step in the wrong direction" and "a 
mistake".
Two years ago India and Pakistan set off a series of 
underground nuclear explosions, drawing criticism from 
a number of other nations, including the United 
States. Both sides are working on ballistic missiles 
that could reach each other's territory.
India and Pakistan share a border and have fought each 
other in three wars since independence from Britain 
half a centuty ago. (Signed)
NEB/PT-T/PT
23-May-2000 20:05 PM EDT (24-May-2000 0005 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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