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'Nukes make Pak a complex issue'

Holding Pakistan as one of the main challenges for the incoming Barack Obama administration, US Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton has said the nation is different because of the nuclear weapons it possess.

world Updated: Jan 14, 2009 12:20 IST

Holding Pakistan as one of the main challenges being faced by the incoming Obama administration, US Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton has said the South Asian nation is different because of the nuclear weapons it possess.

"Pakistan has a particular complexity because of its nuclear weapons capacity," Clinton said during the course of her nomination hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last night.

At the same time, Clinton said she was confident that the new democratically-elected government of Pakistan would cooperate fully with the Obama Administration in fighting the war against terror in the region.

"The democratically elected government has been saying a lot of the right things with respect to the threat posed by the extremists and terrorists, particularly along the border and in the FATA region in Pakistan," she said.

"So I'm hopeful that we will have a very active, positive relationship with the new Pakistan government. I know that there's a lot of work being done even by the outgoing administration to deepen ties between our country and various institutions in Pakistan," she said.

Clinton said apart from Pakistan, Iraq, Middle East and Afghanistan also remain on the forefront of the challenges faced by the incoming team.

She, however, acknowledge that the Pakistan was a complicated problem as "It has many dimensions to it, the relationship with India, the relationship with Afghanistan, the role that Iran and others are playing in that region."