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Thursday, November 25, 1999
India, Japan to set up panel on disarmament
The two sides also agreed to revive India-Japan parliamentary group and establish two committees to study ways of close cooperation on the business front.
At the end of his day-long official talks, Mr Jaswant Singh, first Indian leader to visit Japan after the may 1998 nuclear explosions, told reporters he was "entirely satisfied" with his mission.
Mr Obuchi during the wide-ranging parleys told Mr Jaswant Singh that "relations between Japan and India are basically good but the nuclear issue remains a thorn in the throat. If India signs the CTBT, the thorn will be removed, according to Japanese officials.
Mr Jaswant Singh said he did not raise the issue of economic sanctions, slapped by Tokyo after the Pokhran tests, but explained at great length Indias security compulsions for conducting the explosions.
The Indian Government was working to achieve maximum possible consensus on the question of signing the CTBT, he told Mr Obuchi adding that New Delhi was committed not to conduct further nuclear tests.
"We do not intend at all to destroy the non-proliferation regime" for weapons of mass destruction, he said.
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