DATE=6/4/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CLINTON - RUSSIA (L-2ND UPDATE) NUMBER=2-263140 BYLINE=MOSCOW DATELINE=DEBORAH TATE CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United States and Russia have announced a nuclear nonproliferation accord and an agreement to create an early warning system to detect missile launches. Correspondent Deborah Tate reports President Clinton and Russian President Vladimir Putin are discussing those and other issues in Moscow. TEXT: U-S officials are praising the agreements as highly significant, saying they will result in tangible national and international security benefits. The two sides have agreed to dispose of 34-metric-tons of weapons-grade plutonium, each, during the next two- decades - enough to make thousands of nuclear weapons. The project is estimated to cost nearly six-billion dollars, and officials say they will seek funding from allies at next month's meeting of the world's leading industrialized nations in Okinawa, Japan. U-S officials say the agreement on a shared early warning system is aimed at preventing a nuclear attack based on a false missile launch detection. A tracking center is to be established in Moscow next year, to be manned by U-S and Russian personnel. It will provide a real-time exchange of information about launchings by either country. Details of launchings by other countries would also be made available, if the missile crosses U-S or Russian territory. Washington is also working with Moscow to reach agreement on a plan to limit Russian production of plutonium from the spent fuel of civilian reactors. U-S officials say progress is being hampered by Russian nuclear cooperation with Iran - which they fear could help Tehran acquire nuclear weapons. While the summit has resulted in accords on nonproliferation and a missile launch detection system, U-S officials do not expect any major breakthrough on the contentious issue of a national missile defense. The United States want to amend the 1972 Anti- Ballistic Missile Treaty to allow for deployment of such a system to protect against attack by what it calls `rogue states' like North Korea or Iran. Russia opposes the move, and threatens to abandon previous arms control pacts if Washington moves ahead over its objections. Moscow has offered its own proposal for joint cooperation to reduce the missile threat, but U-S officials have declared it unworkable. (SIGNED) NEB/DAT/RAE 04-Jun-2000 10:20 AM EDT (04-Jun-2000 1420 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .