Washington: Amid international concerns over
the safety of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, the US on Thursday
expressed confidence in the ability of Islamabad to secure its
atomic arsenals effectively.
"We have confidence in the government of Pakistan's or
that the government of Pakistan is well-aware of the range of
potential threats to its nuclear arsenal and is accordingly
giving very high priority to securing its nuclear weapons and
materials effectively," said Mark Toner, the spokesman of the
State Department at his daily news briefings.
He was responding to questions about a recent news report
published here according to which in the aftermath of killing
of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan moved nuclear weapons in
unsecured vans in urban areas and cities like Karachi.
Pakistan has denied such reports.
"We continue to have confidence in the government of
Pakistan that they both understand the varied threats to their
nuclear arsenal and that they're taking appropriate steps to
safeguard them, he underlined.
Western experts and governments have expressed concern
over the safety and security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenals,
particularly from militants bent upon taking hold of it.
First Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 08:45