On Jan. 6 Bill Bradley announced that if elected president he would immediately sign the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty "so that we can lead the world by the power of our example" [news story, Jan. 7].

Mr. Bradley's announcement demonstrated his willingness to reassert U.S. leadership on this humanitarian issue and to join our major military allies in getting rid of this indiscriminate weapon. Some 137 countries already have signed the treaty, and 90 have ratified it.

Al Gore's campaign quickly also announced its "endorsement" of the treaty. But The Post's article neglected to report that Vice President Gore's alleged support for the treaty does not go beyond President Clinton's promise to sign the Mine Ban Treaty in 2006, and even then only if "suitable alternatives" to antipersonnel mines have been found. This position is no more acceptable from Vice President Gore than it has been from President Clinton.

If I have misunderstood Mr. Gore's endorsement, and he is in fact prepared to rethink the administration policy and sign the Mine Ban Treaty upon being elected, I would like to know.


Des Moines

The writer is a leader of ambassador for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.