US pulls up Pakistan over nuclear threats against India

US Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that nuclear-capable states have “a very clear responsibility to exercise restraint regarding nuclear weapons and missile capabilities”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 2, 2016 2:37 am
india pakistan, pakistan us, nuclear weapons pakistan, india pakistan war, Khawaja Asif, india pakistan news, india news “We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us,” Asif told a Pakistani news channel in his latest interview. (Source: File)

DAYS AFTER Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif threatened to use nuclear weapons against India, the United States is learnt to have conveyed its displeasure over the remarks.

US Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference that nuclear-capable states have “a very clear responsibility to exercise restraint regarding nuclear weapons and missile capabilities”.

“We made that (US objection on nuclear threat) clear to them (Pakistan) — repeatedly,” a senior State Department official said in Washington DC.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, did not reveal the level at which the message was conveyed to Pakistan. “It is very concerning. It is a serious thing,” the official said when asked about Khawaja Asif’s assertions, twice in the last 15 days, that his country could use nuclear weapons against India.

“We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us,” Asif told a Pakistani news channel in his latest interview. “Pakistan Army is fully prepared to answer any misadventure of India. We have not made atomic device to display in a showcase. If such a situation arises, we will use it (nuclear weapons) and eliminate India.” The statement raised eyebrows in the Obama administration and is seen as “irresponsible” behaviour by top Pakistani leadership.

Acknowledging that it has concerns over the safety of nuclear weapons in Pakistan, the official said the US is closely monitoring the safety and security of those weapons of mass destruction. “The safety of these weapons is always a concern for us. So, we are always monitoring it, regardless of what they said on this particular occasion,” the State Department official said.

While Delhi is a bit concerned about these threats, India is understood to have been assured by US officials on this issue. Sources said the US has had conversations with Pakistan on this subject.

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    khan
    Oct 2, 2016 at 7:56 am
    Oh ho don't be so serious, we will only fire a couple to distract you, then while you are looking at the big mushroom, we will slip the little one in from behind, promise it will all be over by the time you wake up
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      Sankaran Krishnan
      Oct 2, 2016 at 10:37 am
      It is nothing but a slap on the face of the Terror Nation stan and its ic rulers and if they are educated and literates they will stop at once or else they will face the isolation across the Globe for its childish acts/
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        Mannathil Muralidharan
        Oct 1, 2016 at 11:48 pm
        What stan thinks? India keeps it nuclears to keep it in show case? If India replied with nuclear stan will not excist in world map
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          Mannathil Muralidharan
          Oct 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm
          Khan what you think? India can also hit first with nuclear, but we are responsible nation not like porki country stan. Already you seen our power in surgical strike. Want some more? You guys won't learn lessons. You got good beat fr us in 1971 (Bangladesh) and1999 ( kargil. U you don't learn no one save getting one more soon
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            Mannathil Muralidharan
            Oct 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm
            Remember in 1971, East stan split from you and Bangladesh arosed. Now Sindh and Balochistan waiting for their turn. Gilgit baltistan will annexed to India. Wait and see baby
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              Sandeep
              Oct 1, 2016 at 10:15 pm
              If stan take any action against INDIA I requested to respected PM please totaly destroy the stan....... I m with u
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                shardul jani
                Oct 3, 2016 at 5:17 am
                sindh and balochistan is separating soon............watch out porki
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