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“We welcome Pakistan’s statement yesterday that it is fully committed to the objectives of disarmament and non-proliferation,” US State Department  Spokesperson Jen Psaki said. -Photo by AFP
“We welcome Pakistan’s statement yesterday that it is fully committed to the objectives of disarmament and non-proliferation,” US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said. -Photo by AFP

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has a professional and dedicated security force that fully understands the importance of nuclear security, says the US State Department.

In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, the department’s spokesperson Jen Psaki also welcomed Pakistan’s reiteration of its commitment to disarmament and non-proliferation.

“We welcome Pakistan’s statement yesterday that it is fully committed to the objectives of disarmament and non-proliferation,” Ms Psaki said.

The United States is confident that the government of Pakistan is well aware of its responsibilities and has secured its nuclear arsenal accordingly.

While stating that “there is room for improvement in the security of any country’s nuclear programmes”, the State Department official noted that “Pakistan has a professional and dedicated security force that fully understands the importance of nuclear security”.

A spokesman for the Pakistan Foreign Office had assured the international community that the country had a robust control system for its nuclear weapons and also had taken extensive protection measures for ensuring their security.

Spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry also reminded the world that Pakistan’s nuclear programme was aimed at maintaining stability in South Asia.

The Pakistani official was commenting on a US media report which claimed that the Obama administration was extremely worried about the safety of the country’s nuclear weapons.

A day after Pakistan rejected the claims as incorrect; the State Department also issued a statement, backing Islamabad. “We recognise that Pakistan is fully engaged with the international community on nuclear safety and security issues, and is working hard to ensure its strategic export controls are in line with international standards,” Ms Psaki said.

“Pakistan is a state party to both Chemical Weapons Convention and Biological Weapons Convention and is a partner in the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism.”

The US official said that Washington and Islamabad regularly held talks on issues of shared interest including Afghan stability and would continue to work together towards more stability and security in Pakistan and the region.

“We have regular discussions with the government of Pakistan on a range of issues of important shared interests, including nuclear security, counter-terrorism and fostering a stable Afghanistan. We will continue to work together to find ways to cooperate to make Pakistan and the region more secure, stable and prosperous,” she said.

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S Bara Sep 06, 2013 11:39am

Stupid woman. It would appear that the world has forgotten Pakistan's history on nuclear proliferation. Also, Musharraf, a Pakistan leader threatened with nuclear first strike.

Arun Sep 06, 2013 12:10pm

It is sad to see the hypocrisy that exists in Pakistan. On the one hand, they assert their sovereignty vis a vis the USA, but then they keep looking for and celebrate US approval, as this article illustrates. So long as such self deprecating articles appear in Dawn, Pakistan will never be sovereign - it will always be subservient - if not to the US, then to the Saudis.

Reader Sep 06, 2013 12:20pm

Don't trust the US. I expect that they are spying all pakistani internet communications including that of PM and President. Following relevations it is vital that Pakistani govt take necessary steps so to ensure that commuication is safe and all of it's Nuclear assets are safe from terrorists including US.

Waqas Abbasi Sep 06, 2013 02:59pm

Now that USA needs support, it will do anything.

Omer Zia Sep 06, 2013 03:55pm

Pakistan N-Security is the best with one of a kind C&C system. All hail to Pakistan Army the best and professional army of the world, even US recognizes this.

Raheel Siddiqui Sep 06, 2013 04:35pm

Obama administration is worried??? Have they ever been worried about THEIR Nuclear Arsenals? I remember the time when they had published the information about the tools of their N-assets over the internet. Later they described it as a mistake. Keeping that history of US in mind, I believe Pakistan Army is definitely more responsible and can safeguard its N assets better than them.

HM Sep 07, 2013 12:17am

Pakistan's nuclear arsenals should be safe guarded... best. American and Saudis are conspiring in the region. Wake up.

Imran Sep 07, 2013 02:50am

@Arun: Every country is subservient to the USA in one way or the other. Those that are not become Iran, North Korea or Venezuela.

Waseem Sep 07, 2013 03:52am

Please do not lose focus. All this is being done to control damage to their foreign policy interests at the hands of Snowden. There is no lost love between the two countries. It is clear from the latest CIA secret (revealed) reports that USA was spying on Pakistan to the extent of

Aamir Sep 07, 2013 07:51pm

This is how it begins.... I give it 10 years... nothing on Pakistani side may change a lot but the US by 2024 will be on the heals to attack Pakistan based on some depleted uranium found in a remote dumpster in Sudan....... To cut a long story short, when US praises out of the blue, this means they are planning about it.

Mohammad Saleem Sep 08, 2013 02:58am

@Arun: Pakistani rulers would do anything to get themselves rich. They are not reliable and have lost their credibility within and without.

Muhammad TARIQ Sep 08, 2013 09:46am

we can better know who to deal with our atomic security system. don,t be blame on it..Pakistani neculer program is more safe than any other world.,you should think at what u r doing in innocent peoples of Syria..

Leela Sep 08, 2013 11:23am

Snowden's account directly contradicts what the State Dept spokesperson is saying. In fact Pakistan's nuclear program attracted extra special attention. US and the rest of the world are really concerned about the security of nuclear weapons in Pakistan. The actions of Musharraf and A.Q. Khan were not inspiring a lot of confidence as well as the attacks of military bases with the loss of aircraft.

NK Ali Sep 08, 2013 11:49am

How come all of a sudden this nuclear issue has hit the news headlines? Obama wants support for Syria, which Pakistan has vehemently turned down. The USA must tell the world about the B-52 pilot that flew over US territory with nuclear bombs in the bomb-bay and other nuclear slip-ups. (Foreign Policy magazine "Down Nuke Street"). Salams

Fahim Haq Sep 08, 2013 01:27pm

Pakistan should completely abandon being part of Chemical Weapons Convention and Biological Weapons Convention. Nuclear non-proliferation Treaty and all other conventions and treaties are designed to stop less developed countries from being able to arm themselves. This is so that whenever the USA and its allies want to strike or invade a country, they can do so with the full knowledge that there will be no retaliation on their own soil. The West is no friend nor ally of Pakistan in the short term, and most certainly not in the long term. Pakistan should completely abandon all objectives of disarmament. It should have a very clear objective of arming its armed forces with EVERY kind of weapon it can develop. It should depart from relying on its atomic bombs, and immediately proceed to build hydrogen bombs, and build InterContinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) in order to be able to deliver the bombs on the soil of any adversary that plans to attack Pakistan, or actually attacks Pakistan. Pakistan's main enemy is not India. It has enemies far beyond, that is planning Pakistan's disintegration into smaller states, beginning with Baluchistan. WAKE UP PAKISTAN.

sher Sep 09, 2013 01:24am

@Fahim Haq: 100% agree brother. Hope Pakistan understands that and it is not just focused on India alone. It should closely watch who is destabilizing Pakistan, and who is sponsoring BLA, BRA, Pashtunistan, Mohajir Libration army...bla bla bla...these terrorists and Raymond Davis likes are sponsored from outside Pakistan some from brotherly countries, some from Allied countries, and some from overt adversaries. Pakistan needs to have convert and overt offensive policy to show all friends and foes that what the Pakistan is capable of