US expresses concern over security of Pakistan’s nuclear stockpile

Published: February 14, 2016
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State Department spokesperson Mark Toner. PHOTO: FILE

State Department spokesperson Mark Toner. PHOTO: FILE

The United States has expressed its concerns about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear stockpile and tensions between Islamabad and its arch rival New Delhi.

“We’re concerned both about the security of those nuclear weapons, and that’s been a common refrain… in our discussions with Pakistan; but we’re also concerned… about tensions between India and Pakistan in the region,” US State Department’s deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said in response to a question during his daily press briefing.

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The spokesperson; however, said his country wished for a meaningful dialogue between the two south Asian countries which could help alleviate tensions between them. “We want to see a dialogue between those two countries, clearly, to help alleviate some of those tensions,” Toner said.

The remarks come just two days after the US government approved sale of F-16 fighter jets, built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radar and other equipment in a deal valued at $699 million, to Islamabad.

The F-16s would allow Pakistan’s Air Force to operate in all-weather environments and at night, while improving its self-defence capability and bolstering its ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.

The US announcement had; however, met a cold response from New Delhi, which expressed its ‘disappointment’ over Washington’s decision to notify the sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan.

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“We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan,” India’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said in a Twitter message.

India and Pakistan have been arch-rivals since gaining independence from Britain in 1947 and have fought three wars — two of them over Kashmir. The territory is divided between the two countries but claimed in full by both.

Reader Comments (6)

  • Feedback
    Feb 14, 2016 - 12:39PM

    US aid to Pak in the name of “war against terrorism” will only add to the Nuclear stockpileRecommend

  • Vectra
    Feb 14, 2016 - 12:45PM

    Btw last time P5+1(Germany) in Iran Nuclear case this time talk will consists of P5+1(India) on Pakistan’s nuclear disarmament
    So pakistan should fix the date so that we can talk at the earliest.Recommend

  • ghazal
    Feb 14, 2016 - 12:46PM

    Pakistani nuclear assets are safest in world , in addition to Pakistani agencies, at any given time at least 15 to 20 foreign agencies most be ensuring their safetyRecommend

  • Paki
    Feb 14, 2016 - 3:44PM

    We got it all secured here. Dont you worry.Recommend

  • NHA
    Feb 14, 2016 - 5:25PM

    @Feedback:

    And Pak nuclear capability bothers India very much. It is there to stay and grow for Indians to tell their children to stay away from Pakistan.

    NHARecommend

  • NHA
    Feb 14, 2016 - 5:36PM

    US knows very well that Pak’s nuclear materials are safe and secure. The policy, rules, procedures, mechanisms, structures, and human resource are of international standard and calibre.

    All NSG members are aware of Pak’s capacity to manage its conventional and non-conventional arsenal and materials. There is no pint in harping on this subject any more. It is time to make a closure on this and move on. Recommend

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