South Korean opposition leader Kim Dae Jung warned Philippine senators Monday the Soviet Union or Japan might try to fill the vacuum if U.S. military bases in the country are dismantled.

In a dialogue with senators on the fourth day of his five-day visit, Kim voiced fears that the removal of the American installations could shake the military stability in the region."If America fails to protect the Malacca Straits then there is a possibility that the Soviet Union can take precedence, or Japan," Kim said. "We don't want either."