Pakistan riled by Biden’s nuclear doubts

Officials rejected the US leader’s claim that nuclear weapons make the country “one of the most dangerous countries in the world”.

Pakistan summoned the US ambassador after President Joe Biden questioned the country’s possession of nuclear weapons. On Saturday, the State Department as well as top and former officials assured that the state would handle its nuclear arsenal responsibly.

Biden lashed out at Pakistan during a fundraising event in Los Angeles, California on Thursday. When describing his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, he noted that the Chinese leader now has many things in his sights, including Pakistan.

“This is a guy who understands what he wants but has a bunch of big, huge problems,” Biden said. “How do we handle that in relation to what is happening in Russia? And what I think is probably one of the most dangerous countries in the world: Pakistan. Nuclear weapons without any coherence.”

Hours after the transcript of the remarks was released by the White House, Pakistan’s foreign minister summoned Donald Blome, the US ambassador, to make a formal protest.

Department says US diplomat has been informed about Islamabad’s “Disappointed and Worried” with Biden’s words, “Not based on fact or underlying facts.” Pakistan holds “Perfect management” in its arsenal, it insisted.

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“The real threat to international peace and security due to several countries violating global rules, repeated nuclear security incidents without any accountability, and the arms race between the leading nuclear-armed states and the introduction of new security structures disturbs the regional balance. statement added.

Acting Foreign Minister Jauhar Saleem later downplayed the incident, saying at a news conference that he did not expect it to have a lasting effect on relations.

Many officials and former officials in Pakistan reacted to Biden’s remarks in a similar fashion, ensuring that Islamabad is a credible nuclear weapon holder.

“Our nuclear assets have the best protections required by the IAEA. We take these safety measures with the utmost seriousness. Let no one have any doubts,” Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif tweeted.

His predecessor, Imran Khan, said the same thing about the situation during his time in office, before questioning which of the two countries – Pakistan or the US – was really dangerous.

“Unlike the United States, which has been involved in wars all over the world, Pakistan has shown aggression ever since.[ecially] post-nuclearization? “ he asks.

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Khan was removed from office by parliament in April in what he claimed was a US-backed soft coup against him.

According to estimates by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Pakistan has about 165 nuclear warheads. Its neighbor and rival India has 160, according to the same source.


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