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Admiral says comfortable with Pakistan nukes

world Updated: Apr 03, 2009 10:31 IST

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The top US military officer said on Friday he is “reasonably comfortable” Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are secure amid a rising tide of insurgent violence aimed at the government.Navy Adm Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a lunchtime audience at the Hudson Union Society, said the US has invested in an effort to keep the weapons secure and that Pakistan has “taken significant steps in recent years, so I’m comfortable.”


“My biggest concern is that if Pakistan gets to a point where it implodes, you’ve got a country that could be an Islamist, theocratic country with nuclear weapons which could both use them and proliferate them. One of our goals is to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Mullen said.

He also explicitly linked the Pakistani military’s intelligence arm, the Inter-Services Intelligence, to elements of the insurgency inside Pakistan, a connection that others have said helps empower extremist groups.“They’ve got an intelligence organisation that must, in my view, change its strategic approach and be completely disconnected from the insurgents. And they’re not right now,” he said.