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U.S. lacks sensitivity to India: Jaswant - The Times of India

PTI ()
June 11, 1998

Title: U.S. lacks sensitivity to India: Jaswant
Author: PTI
Publication: The Times of India
Date: June 11, 1998

Planning commission deputy chairman Jaswant Singh has criticised
U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright's comment that India
and Pakistan should "climb out of the hole they have dug
themselves into" after their nuclear tests, "I must point out
that civilisationally, we, in India, do not dig holes to bury
ourselves, even metaphorically speaking.

"Therefore, this observation exemplifies yet another fundamental
lack of comprehension about the Indian stand and about addressing
Indian sensitivities," he said when asked to comment on Ms
Albright's remark during a news conference at the U.N.
headquarters on Tuesday.

Earlier, defence minister George Fernandes had termed Ms
Albright's comment as offensive.

Mr Singh said India was ready to engage in a "purposeful"
discussion on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) but New
Delhi would not sign it under duress. "We cannot subscribe to it
when a gun is put to our head and we are informed that either you
sign this piece of paper or else," he said.

Addressing two separate press conferences at the U.N.
headquarters, Mr Singh said the proliferation arose principally
>from transfer of technology from nuclear weapon states, which
were not under any verification regime, and other advanced
industrial nations, which had been "somewhat" permissive
regarding the export of such technology. Nuclear technologies,
he said, had been used as commodities of international strategic
trade and commerce.

Replying to a question, he said no other country had exercised
the kind of restraint as India demonstrated for nearly a quarter
of a century after the Pokhran test in 1974.

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