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Australia condemns second set of Pakistani nuclear tests



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MEDIA RELEASE j f l f a Ml MISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

AUSTRALIA CONDEMNS SECOND SET OF PAKISTANI NUCLEAR TESTS

FA 69 30 MAY 1998

I strongly condemn the conduct o f further nuclear tests by Pakistan. ~ I

I am profoundly disappointed that Pakistan has seen fit to add to the folly o f its tests on 28 May. It is deeply regrettable that the Pakistani Government has shown absolute disregard for the many, direct appeals to exercise restraint, and has wilfully turned its back on the sincere efforts of the international community to encourage reason to prevail. This action defies the

hopes o f people everywhere for a world free o f nuclear testing.

I announced on 29 May the measures Australia has taken in response to the first set of Pakistani nuclear tests. The second set only strengthens the Government’s determination that any nuclear testing country should bear the full weight of the intense international opprobnum

such acts deserve.

A nuclear arms race in South Asia would not simply threaten the security o f the immediate region. It would also have serious implications for global security arrangements. Australia strongly urges Pakistan and India to cease their dangerous acts of brinkmanship.

1 call on both countries to renounce nuclear testing and immediately sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, to join immediately the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, and to participate in the negotiation of a cut-off treaty banning the production of fissile material for explosive purposes.

The Australian Geological Survey Organisation detected an underground nuclear explosion that took place at 16:55 (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on 30 May in southwestern Pakistan. Preliminary estimates indicate that the yield of the explosion was less than 10 kilotonnes o f TNT.

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