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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA; USA (JULY 8, 2000) (REUTERS) 1. GV MISSILE CARRYING THE DUMMY WARHEAD BEING LAUNCHED FROM VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE IN CALIFORNIA (AUDIO CLAPPING AND CHEERING) / MV PEOPLE WATCHING LAUNCH/ AV MISSILE IN SKY (3 SHOTS) 0.35 WASHINGTON DC; USA (JULY 8, 2000) (REUTERS) 2. SLV NEWS BRIEFING AT THE PENTAGON (SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL RONALD KADISH SPEAKING ABOUT WHY THE MISSILE INTERCEPT FAILED "Good morning. We did not intercept the warhead that we expected to have tonight. We were disappointed with that but let me explain what I think happened, and I will have some visual aids here that will probably put it into context. We had the launch of the target out of Vandenberg and that operation appeared to be fairly successful. We had an initial delay to the launch because of some battery problems that we were worked out on the target. As far as I know only one anomaly with the target launch in that we did not get the decoy balloon to inflate. So it was an uninflated decoy. 1.25 3. SV AUDIENCE 1.29 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL RONALD KADISH SAYING "What it tells me is that we have more engineering work to do. And as we have said all along this is a very difficult challenging job. This is rocket science, so there are a lot of things that could happen in this process and in this particular case it appears it happened in an area that has little to do with the functionality of the key component of the system that we were testing." 1.56 BEIJING, CHINA (JULY 8, 2000) (REUTERS) 5. MV NEWSPAPER VENDOR ON BEIJING STREET 2.02 6. SCU NEWSPAPER HEADLINE ON NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENCE 2.05 7. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) YANG XING, COMPANY WORKER SAYING "If the spear gets sharper, then the shield will get bigger. NMD is like a strong shield for the U.S. It will destabalise the balance of weapons in the world. Some countries like Russia or China will try and find a way to maintain the weapons balance. They (Russia and China) will make new spears to deal with the new shield. It will be the start of an arms race." 2.38 8. SLV EXTERIOR OF UNITED STATES EMBASSY 2.44 9. SLV NEWS CONFERENCE BY JOHN HOLUM, SENIOR ADVISOR ON ARMS CONTROL TO UNITED STATES/ MV MEDIA (2 SHOTS) 3.07 10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHN HOLUM SAYING "For the Chinese, TMD (Theatre Missile Defence) in the region is a concern and the dominant concern is the possibility that we would consider TMD for Taiwan for the obvious reasons. We have made clear in this and in other meetings, that it is a decision that has not been made. We don't rule out the possibility that some time in the future Taiwan may have TMD capabilities - we may assist Taiwan but we haven't made that decision. The only decision we've made is that when the technology becomes available, we will use it in the defence of our own forces." 3.50 11. SLV CONFERENCE 3.58 12. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HOLUM SAYING: "The overall Taiwan arms sale question from our perspective is based on the "Three Communiques" and the Taiwan Relations Act, and involves our supply of defences capabilities, and the extent to which we and in turn Taiwan consider they need defences depends on Chinese deployment of offensive capabilities across the Straits. So our interest is in preventing a missile rather see restraint on both sides." 4.42 13. SLV CONFERENCE 4.51 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Dateline: 2000

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