Want Indo-Pak tensions over Kashmir issue brought down: US

The US State Department spokesperson said this on being asked whether they think Pakistan has shielded its nuclear weapons from terrorists.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 7, 2016 9:04 am
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Days after the US pulled up Pakistan for issuing nuclear threats against India, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said on Friday that US is confident that Pakistan has kept nuclear arsenals safe from terrorists. he also said that the US wants to see tensions between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue brought down.

“Confident that Pakistan has security controls they need on their arsenal,” John Kirby said when asked if Pakistan’s nuclear bomb is safe from terrorists. “Want this (Kashmir issue) to be worked out between both sides. We want to see the tensions that exist right now be brought down and for dialogue to take its place – meaningful dialogue to try to address these issues bilaterally between the countries.”

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On being asked about a bill in US Congress that the country should declare Pakistan a terrorist state, he said he hadn’t seen anything specifically about such a bill. “I have not seen anything specifically about such bill and I am not going to comment on whatever pending legislation may be coming in that regard,” John Kirby said.

He also said that if there was such a bill, the US will not be supporting it.

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US Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner had last week told reporters that nuclear-capable states have “a very clear responsibility to exercise restraint regarding nuclear weapons and missile capabilities”, referring to Pakistan’s nuclear threat to India.

The United States had also strongly objected to threats of nuclear warfare made by Pakistan against India and has conveyed its displeasure to that country in this regard. “We made that (American objection on nuclear threat) clear to them (Pakistan). Repeatedly,” a senior State Department official had said on the condition of anonimity.