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DATE=4/14/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-248076 TITLE=U-S/PAKISTAN (L) BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE UNITED STATES HAS EXPRESSED DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE MEDIUM-RANGE MISSILE TESTS BY INDIA AND PAKISTAN, BUT WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS NOTE THE TWO COUNTRIES HAD -- AT LEAST -- INFORMED EACH OTHER OF THEIR INTENTIONS. CORRESPONDENT DAVID GOLLUST REPORTS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. TEXT: WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN JOE LOCKHART SAYS THE UNITED STATES IS DISAPPOINTED BY THE -- DUELING MISSILE -- TESTS BY THE SOUTH ASIAN POWERS, WHICH HE SAID DO NOTHING TO PROMOTE GREATER COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING IN THE REGION. MR. LOCKHART SPOKE TO REPORTERS AFTER PAKISTAN ANNOUNCED IT HAD TEST-FIRED ITS MEDIUM-RANGE "GUARI-TWO" BALLISTIC MISSILE IN RESPONSE TO INDIA'S TEST ON SUNDAY OF ITS SIMILAR "AGNI-TWO" MISSILE. THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS OPPOSED TO LAST YEAR'S SURPRISE NUCLEAR TEST SERIES BY BOTH COUNTRIES, INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAD NOTIFIED THE UNITED STATES -- AND EACH OTHER -- OF THEIR MISSILE-TEST INTENTIONS. MR. LOCKHART SAID THE MUTUAL NOTIFICATION WAS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONFIDENCE-BUILDING AGREEMENT THE PRIME MINISTERS OF THE TWO COUNTRIES CONCLUDED IN LAHORE FEBRUARY 21ST. BUT HE MADE CLEAR THE UNITED STATES IS UNHAPPY THEY WENT FORWARD WITH THE TESTING AT ALL. AT A SENATE HEARING, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SOUTH ASIA KARL INDERFURTH APPEALED FOR RESTRAINT BY BOTH SIDES. HE NOTED THAT IN THE CASE OF THE MISSILE TESTS -- AND THE TWO COUNTRIES' NUCLEAR TEST SERIES LAST YEAR -- THE FIRST MOVE HAD BEEN MADE BY INDIA: /// INDERFURTH ACTUALITY /// WE BELIEVE INDIA HAS A SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS REGARD. CLEARLY PAKISTAN IS RESPONDING TO INDIAN ACTIONS -- NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF THE MISSILE TEST, BUT LAST MAY IN TERMS OF THE NUCLEAR TESTS. PERHAPS PAKISTAN WOULD ALSO RESPOND TO POSITIVE STEPS TAKEN BY INDIA. AND THEREFORE WE URGE THEM TO TAKE THOSE STEPS AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY. /// END ACT /// MR. INDERFURTH SAID BOTH SIDES HAVE SAID THEY WANT TO MEET THEIR SECURITY REQUIREMENTS AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE LEVELS, AND THE UNITED STATES WOULD LIKE TO SEE "POSITIVE STEPS" FROM BOTH COUNTRIES THAT THEY INTEND TO DO SO. THE UNITED STATES WELCOMED THE LAHORE AGREEMENT, UNDER WHICH INDIA AND PAKISTAN AGREED TO EXCHANGES OF INFORMATION ON MISSILE TESTS AND OTHER STRATEGIC ISSUES IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE THE RISK OF NUCLEAR WAR. THEY ALSO AGREED TO INTENSIFY EFFORTS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES, INCLUDING KASHMIR. (SIGNED) NEB/DAG/RAE 14-Apr-99 12:23 PM EDT (1623 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .