US examining ways to limit Pakistan’s nuclear weapons stockpile

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US examining ways to limit Pakistan’s nuclear weapons stockpile



The administration of US President Barack Obama is examining ways to limit Pakistan’s nuclear weapons stockpile, considered as the world’s fastest-growing nuclear arsenal.


Washington is in talks with Islamabad to reach a nuclear arms control deal, ahead of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the White House next week, The New York Times reported Thursday.

The negotiations are focused on US concerns that Pakistan might deploy a small tactical nuclear weapon that is far more difficult to secure than the country’s arsenal of larger weapons, the newspaper said.

The tactical nuclear weapons are explicitly modeled on weapons the United States deployed in Europe during the Cold War to deter an invasion from the former Soviet Union.

But outside experts familiar with the negotiations have expressed deep skepticism that Pakistan is ready to put any limitations on a program that it considers the pride of the nation.

The Washington Post first reported on the talks a week ago. Obama administration officials have declined to comment on the talks before Sharif’s visit.

So far, most efforts to manage the issue have been covert. Most proliferation experts consider the Pakistani nuclear problem to be the most dangerous on earth.

The discussions come a decade after Abdul Qadeer Khan, one of the founders of Pakistan's nuclear program, was caught selling nuclear technology to several countries.

The activities of Khan prompted more than ten years of American-led punishments against Pakistan’s nuclear facilities.

Khan ran the world’s most sophisticated black market in the equipment required to make nuclear fuel. North Korea and Libya were among his clients.

During the George W. Bush’s administration, the US spent as much as $100 million on a highly classified program to help secure Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, in the form of providing physical security as well as training the Pakistani security personnel.

President Obama has continued those efforts. Officials from the State Department, Energy Department and intelligence officials have held secret meetings with senior Pakistani officials from the Strategic Plans Division that controls the country’s arsenal.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/10/15/433564/Pakistan-US-Nuclear-Arsenal-Abdul-Qadeer-Khan
 

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The only way to do this is to bribe people in key positions to have those warheads shipped out. This is going to require years of planning and meticulous implementation, and there is always a risk of someone blowing the lid, or those being paid for the operation actually milking the US, like the Pakistanis milked the US while hiding OBL.

Alternatively, is this another of the many US programmes claimed to do some "good" deed, but becomes a money pit, just like that programme in Syria whereby the US managed to train four or five "moderate" terrorists?
 

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US can do it I think, can it be done via economic sanctions ?

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US is the most dumbest nation.......look at all their strategy's till now and u will know it........now they r back with another dumb idea which will also back fire n burn their ass and our ass too for free
 

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KSA could buy Pak warheads fearing Iran are developing their own. KSA has already done declarations with these aims. After this, the Saudis, risking to bankruptcy due the high costs of Yemen War, would sell these warheads for USA in exchange for money to save their family power.
 

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