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DATE=5/13/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232155
TITLE=SENATE-MISSILE DEFENSE (S-ONLY)
BYLINE=DAVID SWAN
DATELINE=CAPITOL HILL
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  A NATIONWIDE MISSILE DEFENSE PROPOSAL HAS FAILED A 
CRUCIAL TEST IN THE U-S SENATE, AMID CONCERNS THE SYSTEM WOULD 
VIOLATE A LANDMARK TREATY WITH RUSSIA.  CORRESPONDENT DAVID SWAN 
REPORTS.

TEXT:  THE BILL CALLS FOR THE UNITED STATES TO DEPLOY A NATIONAL 
ANTI-MISSILE SHIELD AS SOON AS TECHNOLOGY PERMITS.  BUT BY THE 
NARROWEST MARGIN (ONE VOTE), THE PLAN'S OPPONENTS BLOCKED AN 
ATTEMPT TO SHUT OFF DEBATE AND PUSH THE MEASURE THROUGH.  
DEMOCRATIC SENATOR CHARLES ROBB WARNS IT WOULD ACTUALLY HURT U-S 
SECURITY BY UNDERMINING THE ANTI-BALLISTIC MISSILE TREATY WITH 
MOSCOW.

                        /// ROBB ACT ///

         IF THIS LEGISLATION WERE TO BECOME LAW IN THE CURRENT 
         FORM AND UNILATERALLY BREACH THE A-B-M TREATY, THE 
         INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION INDIA IS RECEIVING FOR ITS 
         NUCLEAR TESTING IN THE LAST 48 HOURS COULD QUICKLY SHIFT
         TO THE UNITED STATES.

                         /// END ACT ///

THE BILL'S SUPPORTERS ARGUE THE INDIAN TESTS PROVE THEIR POINT 
INSTEAD -- THAT THE NUCLEAR THREAT STILL EXISTS, AND THE UNITED 
STATES DOES NOT HAVE DEFENSES.  (SIGNED)

NEB/DS/WDC/RAE

13-May-98 12:47 PM EDT (1647 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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