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US Trying To Force Pak Into Limiting Small Tactial Nukes
Source : Our Bureau ~ Dated : Friday, October 16, 2015 @ 09:39 AM


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US is trying to limit Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal mainly deployment of small tactical weapon.

US believe securing the smaller arsenal is far harder than to secure Pakistan’s larger weapons. US is holding talks ahead of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Washington next week, The Express Tribune reported Friday.

The smaller nukes are modelled on weapons the US put in Europe during the cold war to deter Soviet invasion. Disucssions are being led by Peter Lavoy, an intelligence expert on Pakistani program and also staff of the National Security Council.

But outside experts familiar with the discussions, expressed deep skepticism that Pakistan is ready to put limits on a program that is the pride of the nation, and that it regards as its only real defense against India.

“A deal like the one that’s been discussed publicly is not something that’s likely to come to fruition next week,” Josh Earnest, the Pentagon press secretary, when asked about the talks was quoted as saying by the newspaper Tuesday.

“But the United States and Pakistan are regularly engaged in a dialogue about the importance of nuclear security. And I would anticipate that that dialogue would include conversations between the leaders of our two countries,” he added.

The central element of the proposal, according to other officials and outside experts, would be a relaxation of strict controls put on Pakistan by the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a loose affiliation of nations that tries to control the proliferation of weapons.
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