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DoD News Briefing: Honor Cordon for Secretary of National Defense, Philippines

Presenter: Secretary of Defense William J. Perry
May 21, 1996 9:00 AM EDT

Tuesday, May 21, 1996 - 9 a.m.

Secretary of National Defense Renato De Villa, of the Republic of the Philippines, to the Pentagon.]

Q: Mr. Secretary we are told that you only have time for one question so we want to ask you about the report today in the Washington Times that China was seeking SS-18 missile technology and also your comment that Admiral Boorda's wearing of the Combat V was a technical violation could you just explain this?

A: It sounded like two questions instead of one question to me. [Laughter] I am sorry to be putting pressure on the time but we do have the President coming over shortly before ten o'clock and then we are going to the memorial service for Admiral Boorda with the President. On the first question we do have information that Chinese was seeking SS-18 technology from Russia. We believe that would be a significant mistake to transfer the SS-18 technology to China and have so represented our position to Russian government and the Ukraine government. With the exception of making booster available for space launching -- and even then under tight control -- other transfer of ICBM technology would be in our view a violation of the START agreement and of the missile technology control regime. And so we have pointed out to both Russian and Ukraine we do not think that would be appropriate. That's all I have time for this morning. Thank you very much.

Thank you Mr. Secretary.

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