US lambastes Pakistan for its nuclear threats against India
In the wake of Uri terror attack and India launched surgical strikes across LoC, the United States has strongly opposed to a threats of nuclear warfare made by Pakistan against India.
The United States, according to a news report, conveyed its displeasure to that country in this regard.
As per the report, a senior State Department official said: “We made that (American objection on nuclear threat) clear to them (Pakistan). Repeatedly.”
However, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not reveal the level at which the message was conveyed to Pakistan.
The official said, “It is very concerning. It is a serious thing.” He was responding 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.
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”.
The United States, meanwhile, continued to urge both India and Pakistan to take steps to de-escalate tension following the Uri terror attack that has claimed the lives of 19 soldiers.
“At the same time we have made it very clear that what happened in the Indian army base (Uri) is an act of terror,” the senior State Department official said. According to another official of the department, “everyone knows” where the perpetrators of the Uri terrorist attack came from.
In the meantime, India has identified Delhi, along with Rajasthan, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra and Gujarat as possible targets if Pakistan strikes back as a revenge attack of the surgical strike at LoC, wherein India claimed to have killed around 40 terrorist.