Washington, Apr.17 (ANI): Concerned over the arms race between India and Pakistan, the United States has said that it is holding talks with both the nuclear powered countries about their responsibilities which come with the nuke capability.
“Obviously, we are talking to both India and Pakistan about their nuclear programmes and the responsibilities that come with them,” The Daily Times quoted Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs PJ Crowley, as saying.
The United States has been pushing both India and Pakistan to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and reduce their respective nuke stockpiles.
During the recently concluded nuclear security summit, which was attended by both Dr.Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani, Washington stressed on the need of reducing the nuclear stockpile across the globe.
It particularly expressed concerns over the extremist threat looming large over Pakistan’s nuclear arsenals.
Dr. Singh, while leaving for Washington for the summit, had said that India has been a consistent advocate of complete and universal global nuclear disarmament.
“We were among the first countries in the world to call for a world free of nuclear weapons. I am encouraged by the fact that this approach is finding greater resonance today. We will continue to call for more meaningful progress in this direction,” he had said. (ANI)