Monday, May 18, 1998 Published at 22:27 GMT 23:27 UK
UN appeal to stop arms race
Kofi Annan, right, talks with Pakistan's UN representative Ahmad Kamal on Friday
The Secretary-General of the United Nations has appealed to Pakistan not to follow India in testing nuclear weapons.
Kofi Annan said he hoped other nations would support Pakistan, by offering assurances on its security.
He also expressed hope that India would sign two main international treaties limiting nuclear weapons - the Non-proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
Mr Annan said heads of state around the world were appealing to Pakistan not to follow India's example.
"I hope that down the line some heads of state would also discuss security arrangements that may assure Pakistan of its own security so that it doesn't have to get into a tit-for-tat situation," he said.
But the G8 leaders, with whom he spent the weekend, failed to agree on a proposal, by the US, Canada and Japan, to impose sanctions of India.
"The answer is not for India to become a nuclear power, and then for Pakistan to match it stride for stride, and then for China to be brought in ... and for Russia to come in and to recreate in a different context the conflicts of the cold war," Mr Clinton said in a BBC interview.
"It is important that India realise the huge international concern that having done these tests now they come within the test ban treaty process," said Mr Blair.
But Britain was joined by Russia, France, Germany and Italy in failing to back a programme of economic embargoes against India.
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien left still unhappy about the failure to agree to sanctions against India
"The position of Canada has been we should have gone much farther," he said.