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Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi on Thursday urged India to cooperate with international efforts to promote nuclear nonproliferation.During talks in Tokyo with former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, Obuchi also acknowledged India’s positive stance toward signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty but said it was very regrettable that India conducted nuclear tests under the current government of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.Gujral challenged Obuchi by saying it is in fact the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council that are spreading nuclear arms. He added India must be ready to defend itself all the time because it is surrounded by countries, including China, that possess nuclear weapons.Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura, who met with Gujral later in the day, also called for India’s early signing of the CTBT.

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