US commander plays down threat of Pak nukes falling into terrorists’ hands

May 5th, 2009 - 1:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 5 (ANI): The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, has played down the nightmare scenario of terrorists taking control of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen. I don’t see that in any way imminent whatsoever at this particular point in time,” CBS quoted Admiral Mullen, as saying.

But he acknowledged that there is a limit to what he knows since Pakistan guards its doomsday secrets as jealously as the U.S. guards its own.

“Much of the complex is largely secret and kept so necessarily by the Pakistani government and so I’m not sure we know as much as we should,” said Juan Zarate, a consultant to CBS News.

Zarate worked with Pakistan on improving security at top-secret plants during the Bush administration. The insiders might not be able to steal a full up weapon, but might be able to smuggle out either the material or the know how to make one, said Larsen, another consultant expert.

“Material that typically finds its way for sale by a terrorist group or another buyer comes from the production of nuclear materials and can be perhaps taken out of a facility,” Larssen said.

You don’t have to be a nuclear expert to know that in a country as unstable as Pakistan there are more chances for things to go wrong. In a country with nuclear weapons that means more chances for disaster. (ANI)

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