The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1998 · Page 8
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A8 .SATURDAY. MAY 16. 1998 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL NUCLEAR TESTING 'India is now a nuclear weapons state' After week of nuclear tests, nation's leader proclaims new status By The Associated Press NEW DELHI, India — India proclaimed itself a nuclear weapons state Friday, its prime minister saying India has the ability to build "a big bomb." Such a weapon would place this sprawling, unruly democracy in the same exclusive league as the United States and other world powers. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's declaration was a startling escalation in a week in which his nation defied world opinion. Governments around the world answered India's five nuclear tests on Monday and Wednesday with immediate economic sanctions. "India will not be cowed down by any such threats and punitive steps. India has the sanction of her own past glory and future vision to become strong — in every sense of the word," Vajpayee said Friday in an interview with India Today magazine, according to a transcript of his remarks. The initial transcript, released by the prime minister's office, quoted him as saying: "We have a big bomb now for which the necessary command and control sys- VAJPAYEE The Associated Press Protesters try to break through a line of police officers and soldiers Friday at the American Embassy in New Delhi, India. About 100 people gathered to protest U.S. sanctions against India for conducting nuclear tests earlier this week. tern is also in place." Later, the government backtracked. Vajpayee's office provided a revised transcript that had the prime minister saying only that "we have the capacity for a big bomb now." The magazine revised its own copy in accord with the government's new version. It refused public comment. Until now, India had been careful to differentiate between the nuclear weapons of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, and its own "peaceful" research devices. "India is now a nuclear weapons state," Vajpayee said in the transcript. He added, "Ours will never be weapons of aggression." G. Balachandran, an Indian nu- clear researcher, estimated India had fewer than 10 weapons ready to be assembled and mounted on warplanes or missiles. The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security said in March that India had stockpiled enough weapons- grade Plutonium for perhaps 78 bombs. "We live in a world where India is surrounded by nuclear weaponry," Vajpayee told India Today. "The world community should appreciate the fact that India, the second-most populous country on earth, waited for five decades before taking this step." India is believed to be at least 10 years away from a reliable delivery system but it has tested ballistic missiles with the range to hit major targets in neighboring Pakistan and China, India's main rivals. Nuclear expert David Albright said Vajpayee's statement suggested that India has been pursuing weapons for years, despite its calls for global nuclear disarmament and previous claims it merely wanted to keep its options open to counter China and Pakistan. It took planning and time to develop the means to move nuclear weapons onto missiles, install protections against enemy interference and decide under exactly what circumstances the weapons will be used* said Albright, a researcher with the Institute for Science and International Security. At U.N. headquarters in New York, India described a Security Council statement deploring its nuclear tests as "completely unacceptable" and said the United States and other nuclear powers were to blame for the continuing nuclear threat worldwide. Thursday's Security Council statement urged India, Pakistan and others to sign without conditions the international treaties banning test explosions and nuclear proliferation. India's defiance alarms leaders Heads of state meeting in England shift agenda to Indonesia, arms race By The Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, England — Suddenly confronting twin crises, world leaders expressed alarm Friday about India's nuclear testing but disagreed about punitive sanctions. As riot-spawned deaths climbed in Indonesia, President Clinton urged the government there to avoid violence and exercise "maximum restraint." Beginning a three-day meeting in Britain's industrial heartland, leaders of the world's richest nations threw away a script that would have focused their talks on Asia's economic turmoil and global unemployment. Instead, they urgently turned to turmoil in Indonesia and the threat of a nuclear arms race in South Asia. At the end of a week in which India startled the world with nuclear tests, a consensus was growing for a summit statement urging the Indians to step back and sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The leaders also were expected to urge Pakistan not to follow India's lead. "There is a huge amount of concern about these tests," British Prime Minister Tony Blair said. But his spokesman said there would not be a summit package of sanctions "along the lines of what the Americans have been discussing." Clinton urged the leaders to take a stand "as strong and unambiguous as possible. But facing opposition from Russia, France and Britain, Clinton did not push for the sanctions he had said he wanted other countries to apply. Asked if the allies could do more than just condemn India's tests, presidential spokesman Mike McCurry said, "Of course they can do more. The United States already has." The U.S. government has ordered economic sanctions. The Group of Eight meeting included the heads of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and Russia. The Associated Press British Prime Minister Tony Blair (left) and his wife, Cherie (second from right), on Friday welcome U.S. President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to Birmingham, England, Town Hall. Pro-British faction announces cease-fire By The Associated Press BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Masked commanders of Northern Ireland's most ruthless pro-British gang, a group responsible for killing more than a dozen Catholic civilians in recent months, announced a cease-fire Friday. The Loyalist Volunteers emphasized that they hoped their open- ended gesture would encourage Protestant voters to reject Northern Ireland's peace accord in a referendum next week. "We think it is wrong, and we hope people will see that as well — or Northern Ireland is lost forever," said the masked spokesman at a hideaway in Portadown. The group's intervention in the referendum campaign illustrated fundamental splits among pro- British Protestants. WORLD WIDE WINDOWS, INC. REPUCEMENI WINDOWS MADE IN SALINA Where windows are our business, not just a side line. FREE ESTIMATES 826-17O1 1-8OO-783-171 1 736^901^ Salina No Time For Cleaning? Call Merry Maids. 785-825-8636 (Soiino) 785-263-2779 (Abilene) SIOUX SHELTE For Hay • Hogs • Machinery 24', 30', 36' or 42' wide by any length 15 Year Warranty on 10 02. 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MAURE WEIGEI Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron 10% oEE all in stock Lamp Shades (with this ad) Sale ends May 30 Open: Tuesday thru Saturday loam • 3pm Goinv OutOf Business Sale Every Thing Must Go... Root Candles Personal Bath Holiday Room Items • Momma Ro' Pottery • Louisville Stoneware • Much, Much, More! Open ^ Mon.-Fri. | Noon-5 '">-:" 1 ^'"'1 c v.^r Ir-j...^ Sat Ijjf 10am-5pm The Koch's House (785) 825-2780 Broadway & State • Salina i^^ ^^i*™_/ Participating Businesses and Organizations r are collecting food during May to be ^ distributed to five Salina agencies: Emergency Aid/Food Bank, The Salvation Army, Focus on the Future, Ashby House and Salina Rescue Mission. PROJECT SALINA, INC. The city that cares about its hungry. Participating ADI Systems, Inc. I ADM Milling Alco BankofTescott Bennett Autoplex Bennlngton State Bank Bergkamp, Inc. 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Midwest TV Millwood Realty Mowery Clinic National Association of Letter Carriers NatlonsBank OCCK Oldies 98,5 fm Orthopedic Clinic of Salina — " and Organizations £«<•«. Raytheon Aircraft, Machinist Union & Beech Employees Club Realty Associates Research Products Co. St. John's Military Salina Airport Authority/Avls/Hertz/ US Airways/United Express/FAA/ATCT Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Salina Clinic Salina Concrete Products Salina Country Club Salina Journal Salina Regional Health Center Salina Supply Salina Vo-Tech Saline County Saline County USDA Service Center Sam's dub SchooJSpecialty . v ' ' *., r 5 \ii^rv, Smoky Hill Rehabilitation Center Social Rehabilitation Services Solomon State Bank Southwestern Bell Telephone CWA Local 6411 Statcare Suburban TV Sunflower Bank Superior School & Office The Saint Francis Academy, Inc. Target Tony's Triad Manufacturing UMB/National Bank of America United Way of Salina USD 305 U.S. Postal Service Walmart WartaBuIck Water's True Value WUson ft company . Woods & Durham FOOD ITEM Baby Food Boxed Meals Canned Fruit Canned Meat Canned Soup Canned Tomato Sauce Canned Vegetables Cereal(Hot/Cold) Crackers Dried beans Flour Hamburger Helper Instant/Scalloped Potatoes Jam/Jelly Jello/Pudding Milk - Powder/Canned Muffin Mix/Biscuit Mix Pancake Mix Pancake Syrup I Pasta Peanut Butter | Pork & Beans | Rice , . ! Shortening/Cooking Oil Sugar ->"•/' ,"• Tuna , ,', •' ";' if ' s TOTAL ITEMS NEEDED ----- - "- ,' $ S- t«_ f f^W "S >»,>•> J*U4 COLLECTED PROJECTED NEED 275 jars 7,215 boxes 11,525 cans 10,475 cans 1,950 cans 5,650 cans 9,625 cans 3,325 boxes 2,625 boxes 2,500 Ibs. 1,250 Ibs. 5,825 boxes 4,347 boxes 2,800 jars 3,000 boxes 4,030 Ibs. 3,600 boxes 2,420, Ibs. 1,380 2,350 --,-2,750 ;]ar§/ H Thanks for Caring! Public Message Sponsored Journal

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