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US: Nuclear-capable states must act responsibly

US is monitoring the situation closely and secretary of state John Kerry is engaged in talks with Indian senior leadership to de-escalate the tensions Photograph: (AFP)

WION Washington, United States Oct 01, 2016, 04.48 AM (IST)

 

US state department deputy spokesman urged India and Pakistan to show restraint and said that Washington is closely monitoring the situation. 

Mark Toner said communication is important between the two countries to reduce tensions. "We certainly don’t want to see any kind of escalation and any kind of break in that communication," he told reporters assembled at state department's daily news briefing. 

 

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"We have repeatedly and consistently expressed our concerns regarding the danger that cross-border terrorism poses for the region, and that certainly includes the recent attacks–terrorist attacks in Uri. And we continue to urge actions to combat and de-escalate – and delegitimise, rather, terrorist groups like Lashkar-e Talaba – Tayyiba, rather – Haqqani Network, as well as Jaish-e-Mohammad," he added. 

Toner also said secretary of state, John Kerry was engaged in talks with India's senior leadership to de-escalate the tension. 

In response to Pakistan's threats of using tactical nuclear weapons against India if the situation escalated further, Toner pointed that nuclear-capable states have a very clear responsibility to exercise restraint regarding nuclear weapons and missile capabilities.

Pakistan has displayed a lack of 'no-first-use policy' regarding nuclear weapons. US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also asserted that Islamabad is running at full speed to develop tactical nukes in their continuing hostility with India, a threatening scenario for the entire region. 

(WION)


 

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