Diplomacy: Clinton Tiptoes into A Nuclear Minefield

Clinton Tiptoes into A Nuclear Minefield

PRESIDENT CLINTON is nearing a decision on whether to add Pakistan to his historic trip to India this month, and advisers know he'll be criticized no matter what he does. The visit promises to be the riskiest of his presidency, since India-Pakistan relations are spiraling downward, and both countries are now armed with nukes--but without the nuclear doctrine to prevent or limit their use.

With each side hoping to use a Clinton trip for one-upmanship in their rivalry, "this would be tricky even if Pakistan hadn't had a coup" last October, says a senior Administration official.

Bypassing a democracy-toppling military...

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