DATE=10/6/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=ALBRIGHT - ARMS CONTROL (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-254743 BYLINE=RICHARD CUSHING DATELINE=SAN FRANCISCO, CA INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: President Clinton is making an all-out effort to avert defeat in the Senate for one of his key foreign-policy priorities, a global ban on underground nuclear testing. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was in California Wednesday to support the cause. More from Richard Cushing at Stanford University. TEXT: Secretary of State Albright gave a luncheon speech at the Hoover Institution, a prestigious so- called "think tank" of distinguished scientists and academics, in the heart of this country's computer industry, in strong support of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The treaty needs a two-thirds vote in the Senate if it is to be ratified, but more than 40 Senators are said to be in opposition. They contend that it is unverifiable and would limit this country's ability to test its won nuclear arsenal, even though it no longer relies on underground testing, but only on computer technology. If the Senate fails to ratify the treaty, Secretary Albright said, it would - in her words - give a green light to those who may want to conduct nuclear explosive tests and could one day do us great harm. And she went on: /// ALBRIGHT ACTUALITY /// We will have cut the legs out from under our own diplomatic efforts to persuade Pakistan and India to sign and ratify the CTBT, thereby making a very dangerous nuclear arms race in South Asia more likely. We will have thrown away a valuable tool in slowing the modernization of China's nuclear arsenal. We will have disregarded the counsel of allies and friends. We will have ignored the best national security advice of our top military leaders. We will have denied the vision and betrayed the dream of two presidents who first proposed the comprehensive test ban, Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy. We will have missed a priceless chance to improve our ability to detect and deter nuclear tests. /// END ACTUALITY /// Secretary Albright also deplored the two-billion- dollar cut made by the U.S. Congress in the budget proposal for international affairs, calling it a serious threat to this country's security, and said she would urge the president to veto the measure. (Signed) NEB/RC/TVM/gm 06-Oct-1999 21:42 PM EDT (07-Oct-1999 0142 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .