From remarks by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the Senate June 18:

On June 4, the United States and the Soviet Union signed a joint statement on nonproliferation. . . . This joint statement is a positive step forward in uniting our countries in the fight against proliferation, and it deserves recognition as such. It may not be everything we desire, but it is a good beginning in an area that is critical to our security and that of our friends and allies.

. . . The agreement . . . contains provisions where we and the Soviet Union make a commitment to work together and in parallel to prevent proliferation, and to urge other states to do so as well.

In regard to nuclear proliferation, both states agree to strongly support efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, to encourage more states to adhere to the Non-Prolifertion Treaty and adopt International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards and to create regional nonproliferation agreements -- particularly in the Middle East, South Asia and southern Africa.

In regard to missile proliferation, the Soviet Union affirms its support of the objectives of the missile technology control regime {MTCR}. The Soviet Union has, in effect, agreed to act as if it were a signator to the MTCR, and it has agreed to work with the United States in pursuing new missile nonproliferation initiatives, particularly in the Middle East and South Asia.

In regard to chemical proliferation, both states have agreed not to proliferate chemical weapons and to actively discourage chemical proliferation anywhere in the world. They have agreed to bilateral discussions to strengthen export controls, and they have agreed to support regional efforts to halt or eliminate the proliferation of such weapons.