Romney would take steps to stop Pak’s N-stockpile

Last Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 21:26

Washington: Warning about Pakistan`s growing nuclear ambitions, a top defence advisor to Romney campaign on Thursday said that if Mitt Romney is elected as US President he would take steps to stop Islamabad from building up its nuclear stockpile.

"We have to do a couple of things. First, we have to show Pakistanis that we do not desperately need them. There are other ways to deal with Afghanistan. That would already get the Pakistanis to temper their behaviour," Dr Dov S Zakheim, told the Defence Writers Group during a breakfast meeting.

"We have to put pressure on them (Pakistan). No question about that. It is not in anybody`s interest for Pakistan to be building all these bombs," Zakheim said adding that Pakistan is one of the countries that is increasing its nuclear stockpiles at the fastest rate.

"It is not that Russia that has those (nuclear) weapons. It is not that China has those weapons. As you know that the country that is building those weapons at the fastest cliff is Pakistan," Zakheim said.

Responding to questions, he alleged that the Obama Administration`s reset programme with Russia has been a complete flop mainly because Moscow now perceives Washington as weak.

"There has to be a different way of working with them. And you can work with them. Look at the Northern Distribution Network. That works," he added.

"The same Putin who can be a big problem was the same guy..Was the first guy to call Bush after 9/11. So it is matter of how you come across Russia. This administration, because the Russians perceive of them being weak, simply is not in a position to move these guys, so they kick out our aid people."

"Now they are going to back away from Nun-Lugar programme and they think that by doing this they would get a weak administration to eventually back down on missile defence," Zakheim said.

"I have been told that the Russians really perceive us in a negative way than they have in a very very long time. So the whole reset program is a complete flop," the senior defence advisor to the Romney Campaign said in response to a question.

"They (Russians) perceive, we are weak. They perceive we do not have any or any kind of vision of what to do about nuclear weapons other than to get down to zero," he added.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 21:26

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