Washington, Feb 14: The United States today warned that Pakistan has been developing new types of nuclear weapons that would risk security in the region. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on worldwide threats that Pakistan has been producing short-range tactical weapons, sea-based cruise missiles, air-launched cruise missiles, and longer-range ballistic missiles.
Coats said that these nuclear weapons would not only risk security in the region but also pose threat to the escalation of dynamics. Coats also said that Pakistan-supported terrorist groups would continue to attack inside India, escalating tensions between the two countries.
“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,” Coats said.
Listing more such threats, Coats said that North Korea has the most volatile and confrontational weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that pose threats to the US over the next year.
Coats added that North Korea has a history of exporting ballistic missile technology to countries such as Iran and Syria among others. It had also assisted Syria in its construction of a nuclear reactor, which destroyed in 2007. Last year, North Korea had conducted a large number of ballistic missile tests, including its first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) tests.
With inputs from PTI.