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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of March 25, 1994

1. INDIA Q: What are the incentives to India for capping its production of nuclear weapons materials?

A: WE WILL BE SEEKING FROM INDIA A COMMITMENT SIMILAR TO, BUT SEPARATE FROM, THAT SOUGHT FROM PAKISTAN TO MOVE AHEAD ON NONPROLIFERATION IN SOUTH ASIA. WE STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT SUCH COMMITMENTS WOULD ENHANCE THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF INDIA AS WELL AS PAKISTAN. SUCH AN INDIAN COMMITMENT WOULD ALSO ALLOW THE UNITED STATES TO ENHANCE THE LEVEL OF ITS SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL COOPERATION WITH INDIA, AND TO PURSUE OTHER AVENUES OF COOPERATION. AT THIS POINT, WE CANNOT GO INTO FURTHER DETAILS.

2. BURMA Q. Is the U.S. preparing protests to several countries over their arms sales to Burma?

A. THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN BURMA, AS DETAILED IN OUR RECENT HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT TO CONGRESS, MAKES US CONCERNED OVER ARMS SALES TO THE BURMESE REGIME. WE HAVE RAISED THIS ISSUE IN THE PAST WITH COUNTRIES THAT HAVE SUPPLIED ARMS TO BURMA, BUT WE HAVE NO REASON TO BELIEVE THESE STATES HAVE CURBED THEIR ARMS SALES TO THE BURMESE REGIME. WE WILL CONTINUE TO RAISE OUR CONCERNS WITH THESE COUNTRIES AND URGE THEM TO JOIN OUR EFFORTS TO PROMOTE RESTRAINT IN ARMS SALES TO BURMA AND OTHER REGIMES THAT SYSTEMATICALLY VIOLATE HUMAN RIGHTS.

3. CHINA Q. Has there been any U.S. Government decision on a pending export license for a satellite to be sent to China for launching?

A. WE UNDERSTAND THAT DECISION IS STILL PENDING AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE. I WOULD REFER YOU TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR DETAILS.

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