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DATE=10/5/00

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=SENATE / IRAN MISSILES (L-ONLY)

NUMBER=2-267511

BYLINE=DAVID SWAN

DATELINE=CAPITOL HILL

CONTENT=

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INTRO: The Clinton administration says Russian technology is still flowing to Iran's missile program, despite the threat of U-S sanctions. V-O-A's David Swan reports opposition Republican lawmakers blame the White House for letting that situation develop.

TEXT: Officials encountered sharp questions (Thursday) at a Senate hearing on Russia's contribution to Iran's arsenal. Earlier this year, Congress overwhelmingly passed and President Clinton signed a bill to crack down on such aid by allowing the president to penalize any Russians involved.

Assistant Secretary of State Robert Einhorn testified Moscow is trying to control what he calls a very difficult problem. However, he says the results of this effort have been spotty.

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While some Russian aerospace entities have severed their cooperation with Iran, other individuals and entities have been far too willing to take their place. The situation is even worse in the nuclear area.

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Mr. Einhorn says almost all the nuclear cooperation is done through Russia's Ministry of Atomic Energy, not by private firms or individuals. He adds, the problem is partly a lack of determination by the government.

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We are convinced that if Russia's leaders gave the matter sufficient priority, Iran's nuclear and missile procurement efforts in Russia could be stopped.

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Republican Senator Sam Brownback charges the U-S administration has not paid enough attention either.

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The truth of the matter is that this administration has not solved the proliferation problem. The problem has grown decidedly worse. And the world is a far more dangerous place because of it.

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Echoing other recent Republican attacks, Mr. Brownback says VicePresident and presidential nominee Al Gore has been too cozy with Russian leaders.

The sanctions bill adopted earlier provides for a wide range of possible penalties, including a halt to certain payments for Russian work on the international space station. (Signed)

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