Days after Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif threatened India with a nuclear strike during a television interview, US state department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner on Saturday said that nuclear-capable states have clear responsibility to exercise restraint.
“This is my message directly to the Pakistani authorities,” ANI quoted Toner as saying.
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He also said that US urges action to deescalate and deligitimise terror groups like LeT, Haqqani network and JeM.
Stating that US was following the situation on the ground closely after India carried out surgical strikes along the LoC on late Wednesday night, he said that US was in continuous communication with Pakistan and India’s authorities to reduce tensions.
“We certainly don’t want to see any kind of escalation and any kind of break in that communication,” Toner said.
In a reference to Uri attack, Toner said that US has consistently ‘expressed concerns on the danger of cross-border terrorism in the region’.