Reaction to Chines* Nuclear Test
Governments worldwide have expressed regret over China's nuclear test on Tuesday, but most argue it should not be allowed to derail Comprehensive lest Ban talks, and no nuclear power has announced plans to resume testing.
Briiish officials did not view Ihe testetback for the test ban negotiations. US diplomats report Russia was more pessimistic and said it could hamper the talks ind efforts to extend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty indefinitely Al the Confeience on Disarmament in Geneva, several states predicted the test would hurt chances Io reach consensuest ban resolution at coming UN meetings but expressed hope that it would not affect CTB negotiations in January.
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Mosl slates want the lest ban negotiations to succeed and probably will moderate their criticism of China. Paris. London, and Moscow have stud they will consult with Washington on future testing polky. They probably will monitor US reaction and probably will continue ihe mciratorium unless the US appears willing lo test.
Japanese officials asked the US and other nuclear powers not to resume tasting in the wake of Beijing's action. Tokyo's response was particularly nuick and resolute. ptobaWy an indication of how critical Tokyo believes progress on arms control and disarmament is to its national security in Ihe post-Cotd War era. South Korean Foreign Ministry officials are worried th* ihc nuclear test may send ihe wrong message lo North Korea, wtuch has its own nuclear weapons program, but predicted no serious change in Chinese-South Korean cooperation on the North Korean nuclear matters, Accordingress statement. Australia and New Zealand strongly condemned the test, which was conducted despite demarches made over the preceding two weeks. There is no indication thai either is considering additional measures agiimt Beijing.
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