Jolt to India: US will not declare Pakistan as sponsor of terrorism
John Kirby said that the United States does not support declaring Pakistan a 'terrorist state'
John Kirby, spokesperson of the United States’ Department of State in his daily press brief today, said that US does not support declaring Pakistan a 'terrorist state'. Kirbi has clarified that US will continue to work with the countries in the region to eliminate terrorist havens. PTI reports that Kirby has called for a meaningful dialogue between the two countries to address the differences between them, including Kashmir issue and thus, US hopes to bring down the tensions
Pakistan's nuclear warheads have been a matter of concern for the world for a long time now and the Pentagon spokesperson has expressed confidence that Pakistan has kept them safe from terrorists.
In regards to, Ted Poe sponsored bill in the congress and the online petition asking US authorities to declare Pakistan a 'terrorist state', Kirby said that he has not seen anything specific about the bill, and assured that they will not take such step.
Kirby added that he would not comment on "whatever pending legislation may be coming in that regard.” He says that there is a common threat in the region "So we're going to continue to work with the governments in the region to try to address these common threats and challenges, and we've always said that more can be done about the safe havens and that's - we're going to, again, try to work as cooperatively as we can to that end," Kirby said.
Kirby has said that US' policy on Kashmir has not changed and he has urged India and Pakistan to address the problem. "We want this to be worked out between both sides. And we obviously want to see the tensions to come down, for dialogue to take its place - meaningful dialogue to try to address these issues bilaterally between the countries," Kirby said.
He added that the US wanted India and Pakistan to resolve their differences.
"There are still differences of opinion that exist between them; and as I said earlier, we want them to work through those differences. We have differences with many countries too, and we continue to try to work through them," Kirby said.
"That's all we're asking, that's all we're hoping, that's all we're expecting from leaders in India and Pakistan. But we don't believe for a minute that they don't take the challenges before them seriously or the lives and security of their children," he said.
Kirby also said the US had full confidence in Pakistan's nuclear security.
"I think we've said before we're confident that Pakistan has the security controls they need to have in place on their arsenal," he said.