Bhutto Seeks To Calm Fear Of Arms Race With India
Pakistan will conduct a nuclear test and develop atomic weapons
only if its survival is directly threatened, Prime Minister Benazir
Bhutto said Sunday.
Despite an increase in tension with neighboring India, Bhutto
said the worsening relations would not trigger a nuclear arms race
in southern Asia.
"We have a clear policy about our peaceful nuclear program and
will stick to it unless threatened," Bhutto was quoted as saying by
state-run media. "Presently we don't feel there is any threat to
She was responding to a Washington Post article reporting
Pakistan's alleged preparations to conduct an underground nuclear
explosion. U.S. intelligence officials fear Pakistan may detonate a
nuclear test device if India follows through with a test of its
own, which is suspected. AP - IRAN Both Sides Report Gains In
Both supporters and opponents of Iranian President Hashemi
Rafsanjani claimed Sunday they had made gains in parliamentary
The election Friday was largely a battle between supporters of
Rafsanjani's efforts to revitalize the economy by cutting subsidies
and state ownership, and critics who object to the resulting
hardship for the Iranian people.
There are no parties in Iran's complex political system,
although the two principal factions did issue lists of candidates
they supported. But some candidates appeared on both lists, making
it difficult to gauge their loyalties.
The elections for all 270 seats in the Majlis, or parliament,
reflected no fundamental conflict over the nature of the Iranian
system. Both key factions support the tenets of the Islamic
revolution led by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Ex-Presidents On Trial In Connection With Coup
Former Presidents Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo, military
friends who successively ruled South Korea from 1980 to 1993, went
on trial in Seoul today in connection with their bloody seizure of
The two former generals are accused of masterminding the coup
in 1979 and a bloody military crackdown several months later that
killed 240 pro-democracy protesters in the southern city of Kwangju.
Their trial on mutiny and treason charges is part of President
Kim Young-sam's attempt to come to terms with South Korea's recent
history of corruption, coups and harsh authoritarian rule. If
convicted, they face the death penalty, although execution is
unlikely. They also face at least 10 years in prison on bribery