State Department retracts Biden remarks about Pakistan’s ‘dangerous’ nuclear capability

The US has expressed confidence in Pakistan’s ability to manage its nuclear assets after President Joe Biden’s remarks cast doubt on the safety of Islamabad’s nuclear arsenal.

State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel speaking to reporters on Oct. 17. said “The United States is confident in Pakistan’s commitment and ability to secure its nuclear assets.”

“The United States has always believed that a safe and prosperous Pakistan is critical to our interests. More broadly, the United States appreciates our longstanding cooperation with Pakistan. We enjoy a great partnership,” he said.

Mr. Patel’s remarks appeared to be the opposite of Mr. Biden’s outspoken comments about Pakistan last week, when he referred to the country as “one of the most dangerous countries in the world” with nuclear weapons.

“And I think Pakistan is probably one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Nuclear weapons without unity,” he said at a Democratic fundraiser on Oct. 14. White House transcript.

Biden’s speech focused on the geopolitical situation on a global scale. The president also said the United States has a “massive opportunity” to change the dynamics of the second quarter of the 21st century.

In response, Pakistani Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif said the country was observing the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) safety measures “with the utmost seriousness” and that “no one should have any doubts”.

“I reiterate clearly: Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and we are proud that our nuclear assets have the best possible safeguards in accordance with IAEA requirements.” Tweet October 15th.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said he had summoned US Ambassador Donald Blomme in response to Biden’s remarks, but added that it would not affect relations between the two countries, Reuters report.

Last month, the United States and Pakistan signed a $450 million contract to keep Pakistan’s fleet of F-16 jets. India had strongly opposed the deal, fearing the fleet could be used against it.

US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken later justified Washington’s decision, saying it was to preserve Pakistan’s existing fleet and help the country fight terrorism.

“Pakistan’s program will enhance its ability to deal with terrorist threats emanating from Pakistan or the region. , can benefit us all in dealing with terrorism.

Aldogra Fredry


Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer covering Asia Pacific news for The Epoch Times.