Thursday, 9 June 2011

US Seeking to Sabotage Pakistan's Nuclear Facilities

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated on Tuesday that Washington is seeking to sabotage and damage Pakistan's nuclear facilities in a bid to undermine the country's security and sovereignty and prolong its military presence in the region.

"We have precise information that the US is seeking to sabotage Pakistan's nuclear facilities in a move to weaken the Pakistani nation and government to dominate that country," Ahmadinejad said in a press conference here in Tehran minutes ago.

He also underlined that Americans also want to use the UN Security Council and other international bodies and organizations as a leverage to pave the way for their extended military deployment in the region and also to weaken Pakistan's national sovereignty.

Ahmadinejad's remarks came nearly two weeks after NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons is a matter of concern.

Pakistan sought on Wednesday to play down Iranian warning that the United States was planning to sabotage its nuclear facilities by emphasising that its atomic programme was safe and secure.

“Pakistan is a nuclear-weapon state. This is an established fact. We do not comment on our strategic programme,” was the brief Foreign Office response to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s warning

Pak-Iran relations have a long history of mistrust. Some officials believe that the warning was a political move by President Ahmadinejad to dissipate the pressure on his own nuclear programme after IAEA, the UN nuclear watchdog, reported to have received information about existence of possible military dimensions in Iran’s nuclear programme.