Pakistan Nuclear Weapons

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Pakistan Nuclear Weapons

The Danger of Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons
As tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan grow during resent months since the summer, the question of Pakistan nuclear weapons and what will become of them is on the mind of the U.S. government. It has long been known that there are retired government and nuclear scientists within Pakistan who have been courted by al-Qaeda for information on the nuclear weapons or access to them. Al-Qaeda's plans have not changed, they still desire to obtain a nuclear weapon of some type from anyone they can. The unstable government in Pakistan provides an ideal opportunity for them to do whatever they have to in order to get access to those Pakistani nuclear weapons.

The U.S. has been assisting Pakistan with the security of their nuclear weapons for the past six years. The U.S. has continued to have a high interest in the safety and security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons because they are fully aware of the increasing threat by al-Qaeda to get possession of these weapons. It is vitally important for the U.S. to continue helping Pakistan with the security of these weapons. Pakistan is very serious about securing their nuclear assets, and are fully aware of the threat surrounding the safety of those assets.

The U.S. cannot cut aid to Pakistan during this time of turmoil in the country. Pakistan still remembers clearly the aid that was cut off by the U.S. in 1990. They view the U.S. as potentially very unreliable, and wonder if the U.S. is only interested in their own protection and not that of the Pakistanis.

For more on U.S. - Pakistan Relations, and the security issues surrounding the Pakistan nuclear weapons, read the article, U.S. - Pakistan Relations: Assassination, Instability, and the Future of U.S. Policy  HERE.