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DATE=10/15/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CLINTON-PAKISTAN (L) NUMBER=2-255091 BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The Clinton Administration says it is examining additional sanctions against Pakistan after an apparently-difficult meeting between the U-S Ambassador to Islamabad and the country's new self- proclaimed military leader General Pervez Musharraf. V-O-A's David Gollust has more from the White House. Text: The White House toughened its position on Pakistan after the two-hour meeting in Rawalpindi at which Ambassador William Milam reiterated U-S calls for a restoration of civilian rule, but got no commitments or time-frame for action from General Musharraf. Clinton spokesman Joe Lockhart - who had earlier refrained from calling this week's ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a military coup - embraced the term and said White House lawyers are examining what further U-S sanctions can be applied in response. /// Lockhart act /// It's certainly much clearer what the situation is now, as far as what has gone on. It's not particularly clear on what will happen. It's clear in our view that this is a military coup and that the applicable sanctions will be applied. /// end act /// U-S officials acknowledge that the range of measures available to pressure the Pakistani military are limited, given that broad sanctions are already in place because of the country's nuclear program. But they say United States can use its influence to curb international lending to Pakistan and shut down various aid programs in drug control and education. Mr. Lockhart - under questioning here -- reiterated calls for the restoration of a civilian government and democracy in Pakistan. But he did not specifically demand the return to office of Prime Minister Sharif - saying that is for the Pakistani people to decide. President Clinton, meanwhile, discussed events in Pakistan in a telephone talk with Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Spokesman Lockhart said Mr. Clinton "recognized the restraint" India has shown in the situation thus far, and stressed the importance of avoiding an escalation of tensions between the South Asian powers. The two leaders also discussed the U-S Senate's defeat this week of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Mr. Lockhart said the President assured Mr. Vajpayee the United States will continue to abide by treaty terms, and expressed hope that other countries will not "misread" what he termed the "very misguided" decision by the Senate. (Signed) NEB/DAG/JP 15-Oct-1999 15:00 PM EDT (15-Oct-1999 1900 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .