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                            THE WHITE HOUSE

                     Office of the Press Secretary
                            (Okinawa, Japan)
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For Immediate Release                                      July 21, 2000

                            JOINT STATEMENT

                   COOPERATION ON STRATEGIC STABILITY


     The United States and Russia underscore that continued
strengthening of global stability and international security is one of
the most important tasks today.  The Joint Statement on Principles of
Strategic Stability, adopted in Moscow on June 4, 2000, establishes a
constructive basis for progress in further reducing nuclear weapons
arsenals, preserving and strengthening the ABM Treaty and confronting
new challenges to international security.

     The United States and Russia have begun intensified discussions on
the earliest entry into force of the START II Treaty, on further
reductions in strategic forces within the framework of a future START
III Treaty and on ABM issues.

     The United States and Russia are dedicated to the search for new
ways of cooperation to control the spread of missiles and missile
technology.  They will work together on a new mechanism to supplement
the Missile Technology Control Regime.  This mechanism would integrate
the Russian proposal for a Global Monitoring System, the U.S. proposal
for a missile code of conduct, as well as the mechanisms of the Missile
Technology Control Regime, which the United States and Russia will
continue to strengthen.  They are prepared to expand their discussions
of issues related to the threat of proliferation of missiles and missile
technology.

     The United States and Russia reaffirm their commitment to the
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as the foundation of
the international nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament
regime.  They will work to ensure early entry into force of the
Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), and seek to expand
cooperation related to the CTBT to promote mutually beneficial technical
exchanges that will facilitate implementation of the CTBT after its
entry into force.

     Broadening their cooperation for the purpose of strengthening
stability, the United States and Russia will apply their efforts toward
creating, and placing into operation within the year, a joint
U.S.-Russian center for exchange of data from early warning systems and
notification of launches.  They will seek to complete work on an
agreement on pre-launch notification for launches of ballistic missiles
and space launch vehicles, and on principles for opening this system to
the voluntary participation of all interested countries.

     The United States and Russia are prepared to renew and expand their
cooperation in the area of theater missile defenses, and consider the
possibility of involving other states.

     The Presidents of the United States and Russia have agreed that
officials will meet in the near future to coordinate their activities in
this area.

     Russia and the United States call upon the other nations of the G-8
and all other nations of the world to unite their efforts to strengthen
strategic stability.

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