Pakistan criticises release of secret US cables

Pakistan calls the release of the documents by WikiLeaks as "irresponsible”.

Updated: Nov 29, 2010, 11:53 AM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan has criticised the release of classified US diplomatic cables that reportedly raise concerns about the country`s nuclear program.

Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said on Monday that the release of the documents by online whistle-blower WikiLeaks was "irresponsible”.

He says the US had warned Pakistan in advance about the release and officials were still examining the relevant documents.

Details about the cables were published on Sunday by The New York Times and several other media outlets.

The New York Times reported that since 2007, the United States has mounted an unsuccessful secret effort to remove from a Pakistani research reactor highly enriched uranium that American officials fear could be diverted for use in an illicit nuclear device.

Bureau Report