Clinton says India is on 'wrong side of history' with nuclear
May 16, 1998
Web posted at: 2:13 p.m. EDT (1813 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- India has put itself "on the wrong side
of history" by conducting five nuclear weapons tests earlier
this week, President Clinton said Saturday in his weekly
The president, in a speech recorded Friday, called on India
to sign the proposed Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which
bans all nuclear explosions.
"The Indian government has put itself at odds with the
international community over these nuclear tests," said
Clinton, who also is pushing the U.S. Senate to rafify the
treaty he accepted two years ago.
"I hope India will reverse course from the dangerous path it
has chosen by signing the CTBT immediately and without
conditions," Clinton said.
He said it was regrettable that India had pursued nuclear
tests "at a time when most nations are working hard to leave
the terror of the nuclear age behind. So in this instance,
India is on the wrong side of history."
India has said the developmental tests were necessary because
of security concerns in South Asia.