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02 September 1998

FACT SHEET: THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION ON MISSILE LAUNCHES

(US, Russia strengthen strategic and regional stability) (310)



(The following Fact Sheet on the Exchange of Information on Missile
Launches and Early Warning was issued by the White House on September
2, 1998 in Moscow)


(begin White House Fact Sheet)



THE WHITE HOUSE



Office of the Press Secretary

(Moscow, Russia)



September 2, 1998



FACT SHEET



Joint Statement on the Exchange of Information on Missile Launches and
Early Warning


President Clinton and President Yeltsin today agreed on a new
initiative for the exchange of information on missile launches and
early warning. This agreement reaffirms the US-Russian shared
commitment to reduce the danger of nuclear conflict, strengthen
strategic and regional stability, and develop common responses to the
threat posed by the continuing global proliferation of ballistic
missiles.


The US-Russian agreement to share early warning information on the
launch of ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles will
significantly reduce the danger that ballistic missiles could be
launched inadvertently on the basis of false warning of attack. It
will also promote increased mutual confidence in the capabilities of
the ballistic missile early warning systems of both sides. This
initiative builds upon previous work and commits the two sides to
develop advance planning and practical implementation as soon as
possible.


The US and Russia will develop arrangements for providing each other
with continuous information on the launches of strategic and theater
ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles detected by their
respective early warning systems. Missile launch information could be
sent to each side's national early warning centers, and possibly to a
center operated by US and Russian personnel working together,
side-by-side. The US and Russia will also work towards establishing a
multilateral ballistic missile and space launch vehicle pre-launch
notification regime in which other states would be invited to
participate.


(end White House Fact Sheet)