vain attempt to stop Pakistan from carrying out nuclear tests
In desperate telephone
calls President Clinton tried to persuade the Pakistani prime minister
Nawaz Sharif not to test his nuclear bombs after India had tested
theirs on May 11 and 13. Clinton warned Sharif of the consequences if he
ignored him. Clinton would suspend American economic aid, he would put
a ban on bank loans to government institutions and use washington's influence
to cut off aid from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
The American president is supposed to have said, ' If you do this, Nawaz,
I have to do this (=impose sanctions) and it will hurt you a lot more than
it'll hurt India.' Sharif, however, couldn't help ignoring Clinton's warning,
because Sharif faced overwhelming political pressure from his own military
chiefs, from opposition figures and from powerful Muslim clerics. They
all would have ousted him from office.
with India and Pakistan is to some degree self-inflicted by the U.S.A.
After the end of the cold war Washington decided to export missile technology
to China, which has close links to China. With the USA helping China, India's
fear of his northern neighbour China increased and China has probably helped
Pakistan build up its missile and nuclear capabilities.
This shows that
America's policy has again been more concerned with its economic profit
than with the world's security.