South Asia Nuclear Crisis
Special Feature

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by Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director of The Acronym Institute

To reflect the gravity of the crisis to the international non-proliferation regime posed by the May 1998 nuclear tests by India and Pakistan, The Acronym Institute is providing a special feature incorporating key statements and reaction from around the world. We have reproduced some statements - from India, Pakistan, the P-5 (China, France, Russia, UK and US) and others - in full. Many statements issued by foreign ministries and in the Conference on Disarmament (CD) contained expressions of shock, dismay, regret and condemnation. Many called on India and Pakistan to desist from further testing and join the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), as well as encouraging them to participate in negotiations, which the CD has yet to commence, on a fissile materials production ban. To avoid repetition, therefore, we have selected excerpts that go beyond or shed interesting light on these generally shared positions.

We will update the special feature at regular intervals. In addition, a detailed commentary on the tests and their implications for regional and global non-proliferation and disarmament efforts is included in Disarmament Diplomacy No. 28, July 1998.

The following web-sites may be of interest for visitors seeking reaction to the nuclear tests in South Asia:

The Government of India -

The Government of Pakistan -

The South Asian Network -

The official site of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) -

Himal, The South Asian magazine (an excellent forum for anti-nuclear views and Analysis) -

Nuclear Control Institute special page on India & Pakistan (contains many other excellent links) -



President Clinton's Visit to South Asia, March 2000

Vajpayee/Musharraf Interviews, March 2000

Clinton Adds Pakistan to Tour Itinerary, March 2000

Exchange of Letters Between General Musharraf and Senator Tim Johnson, February 2000

Pakistan Announces Nuclear-Weapons Command-and-Control Mechanism, February 2000

Jaswant Singh-Strobe Talbott Discussions, London, January 2000

Interview with Jaswant Singh, November 1999

India Draft Nuclear Doctrine and Pakistan Response August 1999

India and Pakistan: Ballistic Missile Tests, April 1999

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