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DATE=1/31/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-244903 TITLE=U-S PAK TALKS ( L-ONLY) BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: SENIOR U-S OFFICIALS WILL ARRIVE IN ISLAMABAD MONDAY TO BEGIN ANOTHER ROUND OF TALKS WITH PAKISTAN ON NUCLEAR ISSUES. AS V-O-A'S SCOTT ANGER REPORTS, THE TALKS ARE PART OF CONTINUING NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, INDIA AND PAKISTAN REGARDING NON-PROLIFERATION CONCERNS AND SECURITY IN SOUTH ASIA. TEXT: AFTER THREE-DAYS OF TALKS IN NEIGHBORING INDIA, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT WILL MEET WITH PAKISTANI OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION AND SECURITY. U-S OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN URGING BOTH COUNTRIES TO SIGN THE COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY -- SOMETHING PAKISTAN SAYS IT WILL DO, BUT ONLY IN AN ATMOSPHERE FREE OF COERCION. IN ADDITION TO DISCUSSING NUCLEAR ISSUES, PAKISTAN SAYS IT HOPES TO SEE A STRONGER COMMITMENT FROM THE UNITED STATES TO HELP SOLVE ITS DISPUTE WITH INDIA OVER KASHMIR. TARIQ ALTAF, SPOKESMAN FOR PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTRY, SAYS PAKISTAN IS DISAPPOINTED NO PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE. HE SAYS IT IS A HIGH PRIORITY IN THE COMING TALKS. ///ALTAF ACT/// KASHMIR IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF TENSION IN THE REGION AS WELL AS A KEY TO THE REALIZATION OF STABLE PEACE AND SECURITY IN A NUCLEAR SOUTH ASIA. ///END ACT/// THIS IS THE EIGHTH ROUND OF TALKS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, PAKISTAN AND INDIA. TALKS BEGAN LAST YEAR AFTER PAKISTAN AND INDIA CONDUCTED A SERIES OF NUCLEAR TESTS. ECONOMIC SANCTIONS WERE IMPOSED ON BOTH COUNTRIES AFTER THE TESTS AND PAKISTANI OFFICIALS SAY THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE ALL SANCTIONS FINALLY LIFTED. THEY SAY A REMOVAL OF SANCTIONS WILL NORMALIZE RELATIONS BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND THE UNITED STATES. (SIGNED) NEB/SA/JO 31-Jan-99 10:18 AM EST (1518 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .