Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi told international pressmen on Saturday (15 June) that her country was willing to see a ban on all atomic tests if all other countries also accepted it.
GV ZOOM IN TO SV OF Conference table where Murine Belkind welcomes Mrs. Gandhi.
SV Guests listening to Belkind...
CU Correspondent SOF over as questioner unheard asks about india's nuclear programme.
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SCU PAN Across pressmen taking notes.
SCU Mrs. Gandhi answering question about india's relations with China and replies:
"First, Mrs. Gandhi, on behalf of our members I want to thank you for accepting our invitation to this luncheon."
Mrs. Gandhi was then asked about here policy towards nuclear test bans. She replied:-
"We don't believe in any kind of discrimination treatment. We are willing for the banning of all atomic tests if everybody else agrees to it."
Later, Mrs. Gandhi was asked about the possibility of improving relations with China. She answered:-
"As you know that in spite of many provocations from the Chinese side, we, ourselves....our policy towards China was very consistent - that is, we continued to support their entry into the United Nations even at a time when all the Western countries were...um....we were told one of the reasons India was attacked sometimes in international forums was because of this policy."
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Background: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi told international pressmen on Saturday (15 June) that her country was willing to see a ban on all atomic tests if all other countries also accepted it.
She was answering questions at a luncheon meeting of the Foreign Correspondents Association. She also offered to share India's nuclear technology with Pakistan in the same way that Now Delhi does with other nations with which the Government has agreements for the peaceful use of atomic energy.
India, which exploded its first nuclear device underground four weeks ago, opposed the forthcoming French nuclear tests because it was against testing in the atmosphere, she added.
Mrs. Gandhi also noted that India had not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty because it discriminated in favour of the big powers.
Mrs. Gandhi was welcomed to the luncheon by Mr. Myron Belkind, who said:-
SYNOPSIS: The luncheon was hosted by the Foreign Correspondents Association in Delhi on Saturday, where Mrs. Gandhi was asked about Indian's policy towards nuclear test bans.
She was then questioned on the possibility of improved relations with China: