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02 September 1998

TEXT: CLINTON/YELTSIN ON EXCHANGE OF INFO ON MISSILE LAUNCHES

(US-Russia agreement on missile launches & early warning) (390)



Moscow -- President Clinton and President Yeltsin issued a joint
statement September 2 announcing that they had reached agreement on a
cooperative initiative between the United States and Russia regarding
the exchange of information on missile launches and early warning.


They said they had taken into account "the continuing worldwide
proliferation of ballistic missiles and of missile technologies, the
need to minimize even further the consequences of a false missile
attack warning and above all, to prevent the possibility of a missile
launch caused by such false warning."


Following is the text:



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JOINT STATEMENT

ON THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION

ON MISSILE LAUNCHES AND EARLY WARNING



Taking into account the continuing worldwide proliferation of
ballistic missiles and of missile technologies, the need to minimize
even further the consequences of a false missile attack warning and
above all, to prevent the possibility of a missile launch caused by
such false warning, the President of the United States and the
President of the Russian Federation have reached agreement on a
cooperative initiative between the United States and Russia regarding
the exchange of information on missile launches and early warning.


The objective of the initiative is the continuous exchange of
information on the launches of ballistic missiles and space launch
vehicles derived from each side's missile launch warning system,
including the possible establishment of a center for the exchange of
missile launch data operated by the United States and Russia and
separate from their respective national centers. As part of this
initiative, the United States and Russia will also examine the
possibility of establishing a multilateral ballistic missile and space
launch vehicle pre-launch notification regime in which other states
could voluntarily participate.


The Presidents have directed their experts to develop as quickly as
possible for approval in their respective countries a plan for
advancing this initiative toward implementation as soon as
practicable.


Russia, proceeding from its international obligations relating to
information derived from missile attack warning systems, will reach
agreement regarding necessary issues relating to the implementation of
this initiative.


THE PRESIDENT OF THE                        THE PRESIDENT

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:                   OF RUSSIAN FEDERATION:



Moscow

September 2, 1998



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