Informal Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With Prime Minister Mohammed Khan Junejo of Pakistan

July 16, 1986

Q. Mr. President, are you going to negotiate a new test ban treaty with the Soviets, as they have said today?

The President. I'm not going to take any questions here -- any answers at this meeting. There will be plenty of time. We'll be talking about that.

Q. Would you like to talk about the helicopters to Bolivia? Is that in our national security interest?

The President. Anything we do is in our national security interest.

Q. Mr. Prime Minister, does your country have the atomic bomb?

The Prime Minister. I think we'll talk later on on that, as the President has earlier mentioned to you.

Note: The exchange began at 10:30 a.m. in the Oval Office at the White House.