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India, Pakistan Agree on Nuclear Hotline - 2004-06-20


India and Pakistan have agreed to set up a telephone hotline between their foreign ministries to reduce the risk of nuclear war.

The agreement was announced today (Sunday) in New Delhi during the second and final day of nuclear talks.

A statement issued by the long-time political rivals also said they will continue a moratorium on nuclear tests, unless there are what were described as "extraordinary events."

The talks aimed at reducing the risk of a possible nuclear confrontation between them are the first since both India and Pakistan test-fired nuclear devices six years ago. Since then, both countries have tested missiles that could carry nuclear payloads.

Indian and Pakistan have fought three wars (since 1947), and narrowly averted another one two years ago.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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