Watch: US suspends security assistance to Pakistan

"Until the Pakistan government takes decisive action against groups including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, we consider them to be destabilizing the region,'' said Heather Nauert Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Washington, DC, United States Jan 05, 2018, 02.32 AM (IST)

The United States has suspended security assistance to Pakistan, revealed State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

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"Until the Pakistan government takes decisive action against groups including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, we consider them to be destabilizing the region and also targeting US personnel, US will suspend that kind of security assistance to Pakistan,"  said Heather Nauert.

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The White House on Wednesday said Pakistan needs to step up its fight against terrorism as it defended President Donald Trump over his accusation that Islamabad deceived the US by sheltering terrorists in return for $33 billion aid.

"We know that Pakistan can do more to fight and stop terrorism and we want them to step up and do that. That seems pretty simple," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her daily news conference.

Trump, on Monday, tore into Pakistan accusing it of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for aid over the last 15 years thinking of American leaders as "fools"

The Trump administration has already decided to withhold $225 million military aid to Pakistan.