DATE=2/22/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=SENATE-IRAN (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-259460 BYLINE=DAVID SWAN DATELINE=CAPITOL HILL CONTENT= VOICED AT: /// EDS: VOTE ON BILL SET FOR THURSDAY BUT COULD BE MOVED UP; FRESH CR WILL MOVE WHEN VOTE OCCURS /// INTRO: The U-S Senate is again taking up the issue of missile technology transfers to Iran from Russia and elsewhere. A proposal designed to stop the transfers could affect the international space station. V-O-A's David Swan reports from Capitol Hill. TEXT: Despite the elections that put reformers in control of Iran's parliament, Congress is far from ready to ease pressure on the Tehran government. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott says the recent voting will have no immediate impact on what he calls an alarming potential threat from Iranian missiles. /// LOTT ACT /// Iran's leaders, now and in the future, would be in the possession of nuclear-tipped ICBMs, capable of reaching Washington or Los Angeles or New York. America's security and that of our friends and allies in the region would be unalterably affected by such a horrific development. Yet that day of reckoning is coming, and much sooner than we prefer, unless something is done. /// END ACT /// U-S intelligence agencies do not believe Iran has nuclear warheads. But officials have voiced concern about the country's nuclear and missile programs -- and the support they receive from other states. The Senate bill would hit hardest at Russia, where companies, labs and other entities are believed to be funneling technology to Iran. The measure would stop certain payments to the Russian space agency for work on the space station unless the agency cooperates in halting the traffic. Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman says Moscow has so far done little. /// LIEBERMAN ACT /// We are serious about this, that the time for hit-and-miss, slower progress, bob-and-weave progress in shutting off Russian assistance to Iran for the development of these dangerous programs is over. /// END ACT /// Mr. Lieberman adds, the Clinton administration is not threatening a veto as it did when the House of Representatives approved a similar bill last September. If the Senate measure passes this week as expected, the two bills must be reconciled before a final version goes to the White House. (Signed) NEB/DS/TVM/gm/me 22-Feb-2000 18:01 PM EDT (22-Feb-2000 2301 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .