DATE=10/9/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CLINTON-TEST BAN (L) NUMBER=2-254843 BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE CONTENT= VOICED AT: Intro: President Clinton has again urged the Senate to postpone Tuesday's scheduled vote on the global treaty banning underground nuclear testing, saying defeat of the treaty would cost the United States its leadership role in combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction. V-O-A's David Gollust has details from the White House. Text: The White House has known for several days it stands no chance of getting the two-thirds Senate majority needed to ratify. And Mr. Clinton is urging a postponement to allow time for more thorough debate after political passions subside. In his regular Saturday radio address, broadcast from Chicago, Mr. Clinton said no treaty has been rejected by the Senate since the Treaty of Versailles that established the League of Nations after the First World War: /// Clinton actuality one /// We all know what America's walking away from the world after World War One brought us: in the Depression and the Second World War. If our Senate rejected this treaty, it would be a dangerous U-turn away from our role as the world's leader against the spread of nuclear weapons. /// End act /// Mr. Clinton said while a treaty defeat would not end the United States'own moratorium on underground testing, it would give prospective nuclear powers a "green light' to test and perhaps open the way for existing weapons states to test and deploy more advanced systems. He said leading scientists, including 32 Nobel prize winners, contest the notion of treaty opponents that the treaty would undermine the reliability of the U-S nuclear arsenal. And he said the treaty would enhance efforts to detect the secretive low-level tests that some treaty opponents believe have been conducted by Russia: /// Clinton act two /// The treaty will strengthen our ability to determine whether other countries are engaged in suspicious activity, with on-site inspections and a global network of over 300 sensors including 33 in Russia, 1l in China and 17 in the Middle East. We could catch cheaters and mobilize the world against them. None of that will happen it we don't ratify the treaty. /// End act /// Mr. Clinton said in Canada Friday he would be willing to see a Senate vote put off for a long as a year -- if the Republican leadership agreed to extended hearings and debate later. But he has resisted a demand by Republican leaders that he request in writing that the entire matter be put off until after he has left office and a new Congress convenes in 2001. (Signed) NEB/DAG/JP 09-Oct-1999 16:08 PM EDT (09-Oct-1999 2008 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .