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World media Friday, 5 June, 1998, 17:34 GMT 18:34 UK
Indian media slams UN Security Council
India's media stands by Prime Minister Vajpayee's pro-nuclear policy
India's media stands by Prime Minister Vajpayee's pro-nuclear policy
A commentary on All India Radio on Friday lambasted Thursday's appeal by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to India and Pakistan not to carry out any further nuclear tests and refrain from deploying nuclear weapons.

The five permanent members, or P5 as the radio called them - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - were "making mockery of themselves" by "issuing condemnatory statements and questioning the exercise of security options by sovereign countries," the commentary said.

"The Geneva meeting does not in any way alter the situation in as so far as India is concerned and the direction shall go unheeded because the country cannot compromise its national interests," it said.

"Collective anger"

"The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have expressed their collective anger at India and Pakistan crashing into the nuclear club. Excessive concern has been shown over tension in South Asia as an excuse for stopping of nuclear weapons-related activity."

"Having appropriated to themselves the role of the world's policeman, they have come to believe that no other country should challenge their nuclear hegemony," it said.

The All-India Radio commentary accused the P5 of devising "strategies to browbeat India", which it said had made a "forced entry into the exclusive club."

"The Kashmir issue comes in handy to embarrass India and to please their client state of Pakistan. By intervening in India-Pakistan bilateral issues, they are encouraging nuclear saber rattling by Islamabad," according to the commentary.

"Though the P5 are crying hoarse over India's nuclear weaponization, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and Britain are among the countries from which Pakistan imported nuclear technology and equipment," it said, accusing the Security Council members of "double standards" over the issue.

Pro-Pakistan "bias"

A second commentary broadcast by All-India Radio later on Friday attacked the "pro-Pakistan bias" of UN Security Council members.

"Instead of concerning themselves with the burning issue of universal and complete disarmament, the five declared nuclear powers are once again trying to divert attention from the problem by confining it purely to the India-Pakistan context," it said.

"In keeping with the long-term military and strategic alliance with Pakistan, they are trying to use Islamabad's newly acquired nuclear-weapon capability to mount pressure on India to make concession in Jammu and Kashmir which they failed to extract in the past half century."

"Pakistan, which waged three wars against India ever since its birth, is now brandishing nuclear weapons and missiles at India to do its bidding and the five permanent members of the Security Council are apparently taken by its histrionics," the radio said.

"The P5 and the G8 are trying to link the nuclear tests by India and Pakistan with the Kashmir issue, which is another way of justifying Pakistan's acquisition of nuclear weapons, but it should be said that the will of a nation of 1 billion people cannot be bent to suit the global ambitions of the nuclear powers intent upon carving the world into their respective spheres of influence and establish nuclear colonialism," the radio commentary said.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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