US confident Pakistan is aware about its responsibilities on nukes
The White House on Friday said it is confident that Pakistan is aware of its responsibilities with regard to the safety and security of its nuclear weapons.
Washington: The White House on Friday said it is confident that Pakistan is aware of its responsibilities with regard to the safety and security of its nuclear weapons.
The White House remarks in this regard came a day after two leading American think tanks in a report said that in a decade, Pakistan would have more than 350 nuclear weapons; thus making it in possession of third largest stock piles of nuclear weapons after the US and Russia.
"This applies not just to Pakistan but to countries around the world that have a nuclear stockpile - they have a responsibility for securing that nuclear stockpile. We continue to be confident that the government of Pakistan is aware of those responsibilities and takes those responsibilities quite seriously," White House Spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.
Responding to a question, Earnest said he has no official comment on the report on Pakistan's nuclear weapons.
"I did see the report. I don't have an official administration assessment to share with you. I would say there a couple things that come to mind," he said.
Earnest said President Barack Obama has set a long-term goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
A year after coming to power, Obama had hosted the first nuclear security summit in Washington to galvanise world leaders to achieve the goals.
"The President's made clear that he has a long-term goal of a world without nuclear weapons. And the President has convened, you know, every couple of years at an international summit to try to counter nuclear proliferation," he said.
"And that continues to be a top foreign policy priority of his. I believe we're cited to have a next meeting next year. So the president is certainly looking forward to that," Earnest said.
Next March-April, Obama has announced to host the fourth and last Nuclear Security Summit of his presidency to advance his goal of a nuclear weapons free world.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the summit along with other world leaders.
Soon after the report was released in Washington, the State Department cautioned Pakistan from brandishing its nuclear status in the wake and added that such statements would not help reduce tensions between India and Pakistan.