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DATE=1/29/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-244836 TITLE=U-S / INDIA TALKS (S-ONLY) BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THREE SENIOR U-S OFFICIALS HAVE ARRIVED IN NEW DELHI FOR TALKS WITH INDIAN OFFICIALS ON NUCLEAR AND OTHER SECURITY ISSUES. VOA'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS THIS IS THE EIGHTH ROUND OF TALKS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, INDIA AND PAKISTAN. TEXT: U-S DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT LEADS THE U-S DELEGATION, WHICH WILL TRAVEL TO PAKISTAN ON MONDAY. TALKS BETWEEN U-S OFFICIALS AND THEIR INDIAN AND PAKISTANI COUNTERPARTS BEGAN LAST YEAR AFTER BOTH INDIA AND PAKISTAN CONDUCTED A SERIES OF NUCLEAR TESTS. U-S OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN PRESSING BOTH COUNTRIES TO SIGN THE COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY -- A MOVE BOTH INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAVE REJECTED. SPEAKING FRIDAY IN NEW DELHI, MR. TALBOTT SAID SEVEN PREVIOUS ROUNDS OF TALKS HAVE NOT MADE MUCH PROGRESS BUT THAT HE WOULD CONTINUE TO TRY AND RECONCILE INDIAN SECURITY CONCERNS WITH U-S CONCERNS ABOUT NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. INDIA'S DEFENSE MINISTER GEORGES FERNANDES TOLD REPORTERS ON FRIDAY HE HOPED THIS CURRENT ROUND OF TALKS WILL ACCOMPLISH MORE BUT THAT INDIA WILL DECIDE BY ITSELF WHAT LEVEL OF NUCLEAR DETERRENCE IT NEEDS. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/PLM 29-Jan-99 6:33 AM EST (1133 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .