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US not worried about safety of Pakistan's nukes

IANS 10 Jun 2014, 10:40:16 AM IST
Washington: Condemning the deadly militant attack on Karachi airport that left 28 dead, the US has offered Pakistan assistance in investigating the crime, but at this point was not concerned about the safety of Islamabad's nuclear arsenal.

"We have offered assistance to the relevant Pakistani authorities investigating this crime," State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters Monday in response to a question about US support in the wake of the attack.

Asked if after the Karachi attack, the US was concerned about the safety and security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, Harf said there had been no discussions on the issue.

But "we believe the Pakistani Government understands the importance of protecting all of its arsenal, including things related to its nuclear programme," she said.

"We know that they care about this a great deal and have no reason at this point to think it's anything but safe."

Expressing concern about different groups operating there, including the Pakistani Taliban, Harf said; "We do know the Pakistani Government has a responsibility and an obligation to protect its citizens and to take appropriate counter-terrorism measures."

Asked if Pakistan should continue airstrikes in the country's North Waziristan region that according to Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) prompted the attack, Harf declined to comment "one way or the other on all of the specific airstrikes."

"But we do think that they (Pakistanis) have a responsibility to do so."