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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of June 6, 1994

1. INDIA Q: What is the Administration's reaction to India's tests this past weekend of its Prithvi short range ballistic missile?

A: WE DO NOT FAVOR THE DEVELOPMENT, TESTING, OR ACQUISITION OF BALLISTIC MISSILE CAPABILITY IN SOUTH ASIA.

--THE UNITED STATES BELIEVES THAT THE ACQUISITION OF BALLISTIC MISSILE DELIVERY SYSTEMS BY INDIA OR PAKISTAN WOULD BE DESTABILIZING, AND THEREBY UNDERMINE THE SECURITY OF BOTH.

--WE HAVE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED BOTH GOVERNMENTS NOT TO DEPLOY BALLISTIC MISSILES.

Q: Will this test complicate the transfer of high technology to India from the U.S.?

A: THE UNITED STATES CLOSELY SCRUTINIZES EXPORTS OF TECHNOLOGY TO PREVENT THE TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY TO PROGRAMS OF PROLIFERATION CONCERN.

--AS A MATTER OF STANDING POLICY AND OUR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE MISSILE TECHNOLOGY CONTROL REGIME, WE WOULD NOT LICENSE EXPORTS FOR USE IN THE PRITHVI PROGRAM.

--THE MOST RECENT LAUNCHES OF THE PRITHVI BALLISTIC MISSILE WERE PART OF A SERIES OF TESTS THAT HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.

Q: Was India trying to defy the United States by testing the Prithvi just after Prime Minister Rao visited Washington?

A: PRIOR TO PRIME MINISTER RAO'S VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES HE REPORTEDLY STATED TO PARLIAMENT THAT, ALTHOUGH PRITHVI TESTS WOULD BE SUSPENDED DURING HIS VISIT TO THE U.S., INDIA WOULD CONTINUE WITH ITS MISSILE PROGRAM.

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