Pakistan Developing New Types Of Nuclear Weapons: US Intelligence Chief

| February 14 , 2018 , 09:51 IST

The US Senate on Tuesday was presented with the United States Intelligence Community's 2018 'World Wide Threat Assessment', regarding the threats to US national security, by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats.

In the assessment, Coats revealed that as per their intelligence, Pakistan is developing new types of nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical weapons and longer-range ballistic missiles, which "introduce new risks" to the security in the region.

"Pakistan continues to produce nuclear weapons and develop new types of nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical weapons, sea-based cruise missiles, air-launched cruise missiles, and longer-range ballistic missiles," said Coats in the report.  

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"These new types of nuclear weapons will introduce new risks for escalation dynamics and security in the region," he said.

Apart from threats to the region, Coats also pointed out that Pakistan would threaten US interests as well by developing new nuclear weapons capabilities and maintaining ties to militants.

"Pakistan will continue to threaten US interests by deploying new nuclear weapons capabilities, maintaining its ties to militants, restricting counterterrorism cooperation, and drawing closer to China," said Coats.

"Militant groups supported by Islamabad will continue to take advantage of their safe haven in Pakistan to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, including against US interests," he said.

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Apart from Pakistan, the 'World Wide Threat Assessment' report specified the concerned threats in different areas of the world, marking North Korea as one of the most 'volatile' threats to the US in the next year.

"North Korea will be among the most volatile and confrontational WMD(Weapons of Mass Destruction) threats to the United States over the next year," said the report.

Regarding India, the report highlighted tensions on the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-China border, saying that both situations would likely remain tense.

Click here to read the entire 'Statement For The Record' of the World Wide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community.