US objects to Pakistan’s nuclear threats against India

The official who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, would not reveal the level at which the message was conveyed to Pakistan.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: October 1, 2016 11:02 am
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The United States has 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 said.

The official who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, would 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 Pakistan Defence Minister 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 had 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 a such a situation arises we will use it (nuclear weapons) and eliminate India,” Asif had said.

The statements raised eyebrows in the Obama Administration and is seen as “irresponsible” behaviour by top Pakistani leadership. In a tacit acknowledgement 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,” said the State Department official.

Meanwhile, 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”.

Earlier, US had condemned the attack on Uri in Kashmir and urged Pakistan and India to diffuse tensions. Closer home, China has also urged both countries to cool the tensions.

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    VISWALINGAM
    Oct 1, 2016 at 6:32 am
    STAN SHOULD MIND THAT INDIA IS ALSO CAPABLE OF USING NUCLEAR WEAPON FAR BETTER THAN STAN. IT IS UNWISE OF STAN TO SAY THAT IT IS GOING TO USE THE NUCLEAR . A LEADER MUST HAVE THE SENSE AND DIPLOMACY IN DEALING THE PROBLEMS . THE STATEMENTS FROM STAN SHOWS THAT THE LEADERS OF WHICH, ARE JUST RUFFIANS AND HAVE NO DECENCY ,
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      VISWALINGAM
      Oct 1, 2016 at 6:32 am
      VISWALINGAMlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;STAN SHOULD MIND THAT INDIA IS ALSO CAPABLE OF USING NUCLEAR WEAPON FAR BETTER THAN STAN. IT IS UNWISE OF STAN TO SAY THAT IT IS GOING TO USE THE NUCLEAR . A LEADER MUST HAVE THE SENSE AND DIPLOMACY IN DEALING THE PROBLEMS . THE STATEMENTS FROM STAN SHOWS THAT THE LEADERS OF WHICH, ARE JUST RUFFIANS AND HAVE NO DECENCY ,
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        Anti
        Oct 1, 2016 at 5:42 am
        Who is that senior u ppl always try to make ppl fool
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          cherans
          Oct 1, 2016 at 6:59 am
          Now US, China and stan understand that they can no more blackmail India telling threat of the nuclear weapons from Pak. So India has come out of the web created by the selfish countries. India has shown the world, it can take decision on its own like India used to take military decisions with the support of Russia. Time has changed, actually it is a big news for China particularly.
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            Derrick
            Oct 1, 2016 at 11:34 am
            We ruled India hundreds of years. We'll rule you again. Ha ha ha . Say something hilarious now......
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              K.G.Balakrishnan.Thief.Justice.of.India.Retd
              Oct 1, 2016 at 9:37 am
              When did Pak make nuclear threat? Or was it made up? B/c it never appeared in the press.
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                Jith
                Oct 1, 2016 at 9:55 am
                Excellent most sensible comment! Keep them coming.
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                  Ordinary Indian
                  Oct 1, 2016 at 1:28 pm
                  Jaa Rey pak�stani with fake name ....
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