Pakistan Insists its Nuke Program Is Fully Secure

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Sept. 4, 2013, 7:02 a.m.

Pakistan on Tues­day in­sisted that it has meas­ures in place that “en­sure the safety and se­cur­ity” of its nuc­le­ar fa­cil­it­ies, fol­low­ing the dis­clos­ure that the United States is much more con­cerned than it pub­licly ad­mits about loc­al ex­trem­ists po­ten­tially tar­get­ing the South Asi­an state’s atom­ic ma­ter­i­als, the Wash­ing­ton Post re­por­ted.

Is­lamabad is “fully com­mit­ted” to the ten­ants of nuc­le­ar non­pro­lif­er­a­tion and arms con­trol and ad­heres to In­ter­na­tion­al Atom­ic En­ergy Agency-es­tab­lished guidelines, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Pakistani For­eign Min­istry. The coun­try is “fully im­ple­ment­ing” the re­quire­ments of the Chem­ic­al Weapons Con­ven­tion and the Bio­lo­gic­al Weapons Con­ven­tion, it says.

U.S. spy agen­cies have heightened their sur­veil­lance ef­forts of Pakistan’s nuc­le­ar, bio­lo­gic­al and chem­ic­al fa­cil­it­ies. They have done so largely out of con­cern that they might come un­der at­tack by mil­it­ant groups that op­er­ate in the coun­try or be in­filt­rated by ex­trem­ists in­tent on ac­quir­ing WMD-rel­ev­ant sub­stances. Former NSA con­tract­or Ed­ward Snowden leaked to the Post clas­si­fied doc­u­ments on the U.S. in­tel­li­gence com­munity’s fisc­al 2013 “black budget” that provided the source ma­ter­i­al for that rev­el­a­tion.


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