US state department once again clarifies President Biden remarks on security of Pakistani nuclear weapons
WASHINGTON – Washington expressed confidence in Pakistan's ability to secure its nuclear assets, days after President Joe Biden termed the South Asian country 'one of the most dangerous' nations due to ‘nukes without any cohesion’.
As Biden’s controversial remarks sparked new controversy between Islamabad and Washington, both sides attempted not to thwart recent efforts to reset ties.
US State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel, speaking with media on Monday, said the US had confidence in Islamabad’s ability to secure its nuclear assets.
He added that Washington always viewed a secure and prosperous Pakistan as critical to US interests and, more broadly, the US values our long-standing cooperation with the country.
Reports suggest that amid the recent tension, the US conveyed the message to Pakistan that Biden’s statement did not mean any new demand.