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DATE=2/24/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=SENATE-IRAN (L) NUMBER=2-259526 BYLINE=DAVID SWAN DATELINE=CAPITOL HILL CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The U-S Senate is moving to curtail what lawmakers call a dangerous ballistic missile program in Iran. A bill passed Thursday could bring sanctions on Russia or anyone helping the Iranian effort. V-O- A's David Swan reports. TEXT: With little debate and no disagreement (98 to zero), senators approved what they call a powerful message about transfers of missile parts, technology or expertise. The measure gives the president the power to slap penalties on nations or individuals found to be contributing to Iran's weapons program. The proposal singles out Russia for special attention. It would deny certain payments for work on the international space station unless the Russian space agency and government take action to stop Russian entities from aiding Iran. Majority Leader Trent Lott says Moscow has so far not done enough. /// LOTT ACT /// I hope that the administration will make it clear to Russia and Russian officials at the highest levels and to the private sector that this matter is - we view it very seriously. /// END ACT /// The bill's supporters reject suggestions the measure is poorly timed, in light of the recent vote for reform in Iran's parliamentary elections. Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman says the change has not yet reached the top levels of power in Tehran. /// LIEBERMAN ACT /// And the government of Iran continues to be in the hands of a small group of people who have unfortunately made Iran a pariah state. /// END ACT /// The bill now returns to the House of Representatives for final action before going on to the White House, which has backed away from an earlier threat to veto the bill. (Signed) NEB/DS/ENE/KL 24-Feb-2000 13:57 PM EDT (24-Feb-2000 1857 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .