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DATE=6/9/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CLINTON-PUTIN (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-263327 BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: President Clinton has had a follow-up telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on their Moscow summit meeting last weekend, and he is sending Defense Secretary William Cohen to Moscow early next week for more talks on arms control, including missile defenses. VOA's David Gollust reports from the White House. TEXT: The Moscow summit left the two powers no closer together on their basic disagreement over U-S anti-missile efforts. But the pace of dialogue is clearly on the increase, as evidenced by Friday's telephone discussion initiated by President Putin. Russia contends the missile defense system being considered by the Clinton administration would violate the 1972 anti- ballistic missile treaty. It has refused to consider amendments to accommodate the U-S program, which Washington insists would be aimed not at Russia's offensive arsenal but weapons fired by North Korea or other so-called "rogue states." However, at the summit President Putin did acknowledge the existence of a rogue-state threat, and this week he proposed cooperation with NATO on an alternate program for the European region that would shoot down offending missiles moments after launch. White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said the Putin-Clinton phone conversation lasted only 15 minutes and could not be described as a detailed arms control discussion. But he said President Putin raised some ideas on the missile defense issue and looks forward to meeting Secretary Cohen in Moscow Monday. Mr. Lockhart said the defense chief, for his part, would again try to re-assure Moscow about the U-S anti-missile plan - on which the president is to make a deployment decision in the next few months: /// LOCKHART ACT /// I think he's prepared to lay out what the President's thinking is, where the Pentagon is. Obviously this is a decision that has not been made yet, based on the four criteria that the President has laid out. But I think Secretary Cohen is in a good position to allay any concerns the Russians may have. /// END ACT/// Mr. Lockhart said the telephone conversation did not touch on Mr. Putin's plan, announced Thursday, to make an unprecedented visit to North Korea next month. A Russian spokesman said the two presidents discussed steps needed to implement agreements made at the summit, including setting up a joint missile-launch detection system and destroying tons of plutonium stockpiled by both sides. The two leaders are expected to meet three more times this year on the sidelines of international conferences - their next encounter is due late next month at the summit of leading industrialized nations in Japan. (Signed) NEB/DAG/PW 09-Jun-2000 13:31 PM EDT (09-Jun-2000 1731 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .