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Thursday, September 10, 1998
Germany asks India to sign CTBT
BONN, Sept 9 (PTI) Germany today asked India to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and hoped New Delhi would link its security concerns with the international norms on nuclear non-proliferation.
The sources said the talks were held in a "friendly and open atmosphere" and emphasised the need for stronger political, economic and cultural ties between the two nations.
Mr Narayanan, the sources said, explained in detail the situation in which India had to go for nuclear tests and pointed out that India had already declared a unilateral moratorium on further explosions and expressed the intention to sign a no-first-use agreement.
Reuter adds: In an interview with the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit" to be published on Thursday, Mr Narayanan defended Indian nuclear tests saying, "All we have done is to get ourselves a few nuclear weapons, as a minimal deterrent in an environment that has become dangerous."
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