THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESS SECRETARY STATEMENT ON CHINA NUCLEAR TEST
Today, China conducted an underground nuclear test at the Lop Nur test site in northwest China. The United States deeply regrets this action. All of the nuclear weapon states agreed at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review and Extension Conference in New York in May 1995 to exercise "utmost restraint" in nuclear testing pending the entry into force of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). We urge China to refrain from further nuclear tests and to join in a global moratorium as we work to complete and sign a CTBT in 1996. We further urge China to endorse President Clinton's recent call for a true "zero yield" CTBT.