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DATE=1/30/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-244873 TITLE=INDIA / U-S (L-ONLY) BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: SENIOR OFFICIALS FROM INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE DECIDED TO EXTEND KEY TALKS ON NUCLEAR AND OTHER SECURITY RELATED ISSUES AS PRESIDENT CLINTON STRESSES THE NEED FOR A STRONG AND PRODUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. FROM NEW DELHI, ANJANA PASRICHA HAS A REPORT. TEXT: INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTER JASWANT SINGH AND U.S. DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT ARE DESCRIBING THEIR ONGOING TALKS IN NEW DELHI AS POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING. MR. SINGH SAYS THE TWO OFFICIALS WILL CONTINUE THEIR TALKS SUNDAY TO "MAKE MORE PROGRESS". THE DECISION TO EXTEND THE TALKS CAME AS PRESIDENT CLINTON SAID THE TWO COUNTRIES SHOULD WORK TOGETHER FOR THE SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF THEIR ONGOING DIALOGUE. THE PRESIDENT'S REMARKS CAME IN A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH INDIAN PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE. MR. CLINTON EXPRESSED SOME DISAPPOINTMENT THAT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES HAS NOT BLOSSOMED AS HE HAD HOPED, BUT SAID HIS GOAL REMAINS TO WORK THROUGH DIFFERENCES AND MOVE THE RELATIONSHIP FORWARD. THE TALKS BETWEEN MR. TALBOTT AND MR. SINGH BEGAN AFTER THE INDIAN NUCLEAR TESTS LAST YEAR, AND ARE AIMED AT RECONCILING INDIA'S SECURITY INTERESTS WITH U.S. CONCERNS ON NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVEN ROUND OF TALKS -- BUT NOT MUCH PROGRESS HAS BEEN REPORTED IN THE DIALOGUE SO FAR. HOWEVER INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY THE TWO COUNTRIES HOPE TO BREAK NEW GROUND DURING THE CURRENT TALKS. THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN URGING INDIA TO EXERCISE RESTRAINT IN ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND MISSILE PROGRAM, AND ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL NON-PROLIFERATION ACCORDS. WASHINGTON ALSO WANTS NEW DELHI TO SPELL OUT ITS PLANS FOR A MINIMUM NUCLEAR DETERRENT, BUT INDIAN LEADERS SAY THEY WILL DECIDE THAT FOR THEMSELVES. INDIA HAS STRESSED THE NEED FOR A MINIMUM NUCLEAR DETERRENCE CITING REGIONAL THREATS FROM CHINA AND PAKISTAN. (SIGNED) 30-Jan-99 6:10 AM EST (1110 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .