In­dia a re­spon­si­ble nu­clear state, Pak­istan an un­sta­ble one: US

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US de­fence sec­re­tary Ash­ton Carter has termed In­dia “a re­spon­si­ble nu­clear state”, say­ing Pak­istan’s “his­tory of nu­clear weapons is en­tan­gled in ten­sions” and that the US was work­ing with Is­lam­abad to en­sure sta­bil­ity. “The land­scape of nu­clear weapons has changed in the last 25 years,” Mr Carter said on Tues­day at a con­fer­ence on ‘Sus­tain­ing Nu­clear Deter­rence’ at the Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, US. “Pak­istan’s nu­clear weapons are en­tan­gled in a his­tory of ten­sion, and while they are not a threat to the United States di­rectly, we work with Pak­istan to en­sure sta­bil­ity,” he added. Mr Carter said while the US had not done much to boost Pak­istan’s nu­clear arse­nal, other coun­tries had.

He, how­ever, praised In­dia for show­ing re­spon­si­ble be­hav­iour with its nu­clear tech­nol­ogy. Talk­ing about China, he said Beijing “con­ducts it­self pro­fes­sion­ally in the nu­clear arena, de­spite growing its arse­nal in both qual­ity and quan­tity”. He echoed global con­cerns over the ad­vances in nu­clear tech­nol­ogy achieved by North Korea. Mr Carter also talked of Rus­sia. The coun­try had long been a nu­clear power, he said, but re­cently raised “se­ri­ous ques­tions” about its lead­er­ship’s com­mit­ment to strate­gic sta­bil­ity and Rus­sia’s long-es­tab­lished ab­hor­rence of us­ing nu­clear weapons.

The land­scape of nu­clear weapons has changed in the last 25 years. Beijing con­ducts it­self pro­fes­sion­ally in the nu­clear arena, de­spite growing its arse­nal in both qual­ity and quan­tity. Ash­ton Carter US de­fence sec­re­tary

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