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`US taking many steps to stop spread of nuke weapons`

Last Updated: Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 12:08

Washington: The Obama administration is taking a number of steps not only to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, but also to secure loose nuclear materials, the White House has said.
"He`s (US President Barack Obama) taking a series of steps in this area to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, to secure loose nuclear materials, and to pursue the ultimate goal of a world without nuclear weapons," Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Advisor for Strategic Communications told reporters in Tokyo where Obama is travelling right now.

Obama is expected to speak on this issue when he addresses some 1500 people in Tokyo today, he said.

Meanwhile, State Department here said the US at present do not have any specific concern coming from Pakistan on the nuclear proliferation front.

"I think we are always concerned about the possibility of the proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials. We feel confident that the command and control of nuclear weapons in Pakistan is secure. We don`t have any specific concerns about proliferation per se specifically from Pakistan," State Department spokesman, Ian Kelly, told reporters at a news briefing.

Responding to a question about media reports that China had supplied nuclear weapon grade enriched uranium to Pakistan in 1982, Kelly said he does not have any comment on this specific incident.

"Of course, we place a high – maybe the highest priority on the importance of securing nuclear materials," he said.

"The President is committed to a new and stronger non-proliferation regime. Regarding this article, though, this is about something that happened in the early 80s, I believe," Kelly said in response to the question.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 12:08

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