DATE=4/24/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N - ALBRIGHT ON NUKE TREATY (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-261671 BYLINE=BRECK ARDERY DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: U-S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said today (Monday) that the Clinton administration has not given up on American ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. V-O-A Correspondent Breck Ardery reports on Ms. Albright's remarks to a United Nations- sponsored conference on nuclear weapons. TEXT: Ms. Albright expressed pleasure over the decisions by the Russian parliament to approve a treaty to reduce the number of nuclear weapons (START II) and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty or C-T-B-T. Ms. Albright said the Russian action is "the kind of arms race America likes to see." Last October, the United States Senate refused to ratify the test ban treaty. But Ms. Albright said the Clinton administration is still committed to C-T-B-T ratification and will attempt to change the views of the Senators who opposed the treaty. /// ALBRIGHT ACT /// President Clinton has appointed General John Shalikashvili, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (former highest-ranking U-S military officer), to help advise us on how best to respond to the Senators' concerns about the C-T-B-T so we can build support for its eventual ratification. /// END ACT /// The U-S Secretary of State spoke to the International Conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a meeting that is held every five years to review progress in implementing the 1968 agreement. /// REST OPT /// American consideration of a national missile defense system is causing much controversy at the conference. China, Russia, and a number of other nations are strongly opposed to the idea, saying it would violate the anti-Ballistic Missile treaty. But Ms. Albright said that treaty could be amended. She said the U-S plans are aimed at defense against attacks by smaller countries and would not upset the strategic balance of nuclear power. /// ALBRIGHT ACT /// Please remember that we are talking about a system capable of defending against at most a few tens of incoming missiles. It is not intended to degrade Russia's deterrent nor will it have that result. /// END ACT /// The U-N conference on nuclear non-proliferation will continue for a month, and organizers hope it will end with consensus statements regarding nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. (Signed) NEB/BA/LSF/TVM/gm 24-Apr-2000 18:28 PM EDT (24-Apr-2000 2228 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .