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Pakistan and India / Nuclear Tests / United States Role / History #180153

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 28, 1998
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Islamabad: Jim Laurie) Pakistan's announcement of its nuclear tests in the Baluchistan Desert in response to tests by India featured; scenes shown of celebrations in Islamabad. [Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz SHARIF - announces the five nuclear tests.] The severe impact sanctions could have on the poor nations of Pakistan noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Sam Donaldson) The reaction of President Clinton to the Pakistan nuclear tests featured; details given of his efforts to keep Sharif from going forward and of the actions the United States will now take against Pakistan. [CLINTON - says sanctions will be imposed as required by law; asks India and Pakistan to renounce further tests.] [White House press secretary Michael McCURRY - comments on Sharif's honest response.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The prospects of more nuclear and missile testing by Pakistan and India featured; the tests by Pakistan and India compared. [Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Joseph CIRINCIONE - comments.] US plans for spy satellite looks at both Pakistan and India for signs of where the now superheated arms race may break out next noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The reaction in India's Parliament to the news of Pakistan's nuclear testing outlined. The history of the animosity between India and Pakistan reviewed; war footage over the years shown; details given of the conflict since 1947 over control of Kashmir. [Weapons control analyst Gary MILHOLLIN - assesses the India-Pakistan conflict.]

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Laurie, Jim;
McWethy, John

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