- The Washington Times - Monday, May 27, 2002

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistan, for the second time in as many days, yesterday test-fired a missile capable of reaching neighboring India, as world leaders tried to contain rising tensions between the nuclear-armed countries.
India downplayed the missile tests, but Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee renewed his concern about terrorist attacks from Pakistan-based fighters, saying "the infiltration of militants into India has to end."
In Paris, President Bush said the United States had expressed to Pakistan its concerns about the tests. But he said he is more interested in seeing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf take action to prevent attacks in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where Indian soldiers and civilians have been killed.
India says the attacks are the work of Pakistan-based Islamic militants waging an insurgency.
"I'm more concerned about making sure that President Musharraf show results in terms of stopping people from crossing the line of control," Mr. Bush said after meeting with French President Jacques Chirac. "Stopping terrorism that is more important than the missile testing."
Mr. Bush also commented on Russia's nuclear assistance to Iran, which confirmed yesterday it had successfully conducted its own test flight of a Shahab-3 ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel.
Mr. Bush said Russian President Vladimir Putin is willing to see whether Iran would allow inspectors into that country to verify that a nuclear power plant being built at Bushehr will not be used to make nuclear weapons.
During meetings with Mr. Putin on Saturday in Russia, Mr. Bush urged Gen. Musharraf to make good on a January promise to curb Islamic militants. In January, Gen. Musharraf banned five groups, which vowed to take their revenge and were blamed for brutal attacks on foreigners.

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