Washington, Oct 27: Ex-US Senator Larry Pressler on Thursday warned that Pakistan is more dangerous than North Korea as the country doesn’t have a centralised control over its nuclear weapons and anyone can steal or sell them. “The Pakistani nuclear bombs are not controlled. They are subject to sale or stealing and they could be easily gotten out of Pakistan to just about anywhere in the world,” Pressler said. Also Read - Planes Fly with 'Worst President Ever' and 'Pathetic Loser' Banner over Donald Trump's Home
Pressler also showed concerns that there is a possibility that someone would buy these nuclear weapons from Pakistan’s generals or colonels to use them against the United States of America (USA). “Their weapons could be transported to the US fairly simply. Just as 9/11 was a very simple operation run by 20 or 30 people,” he said speaking at an event discussing his latest book Neighbours in Arms: An American Senator’s Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Subcontinent. (Also Read: North Korea to Test Hydrogen Bomb Over Pacific) Also Read - Over 300 Twitter Handles Generated From Pakistan to Disrupt Farmers' Tractor Rally, Claims Delhi Police
Pressler said that he doesn’t think Pakistan’s ‘stolen or bought’ nuclear weapons will be used against India. Responding to a question about North Korea and Pakistan, he said, “I think what North Korea needs is just a lot of attention and hand-holding. Pakistan is a different thing because you don’t really have one person in charge. I think Pakistan is more dangerous to the US.” Also Read - Pakistan Approves Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V For Emergency Use
“We should declare Pakistan a terrorist state. We should put certain sanctions on Pakistan,” he said, adding that his book has made recommendations to treat India at a higher level. On being asked if it is appropriate to categorise both the countries on the same page, the Senator said, “Yes.” (Also Read: Breakdown in Talks With North Korea, Sounds Alarms in White House)
About US’ relationship with India, Larry said that Trump, Tillerson and the secretary of defence are “very interested” in moving towards more free trade with India. “They are coming close to declaring Pakistan a terrorist state or at least in effect,” he added. Larry Pressler served as chairman of the US Senate’s Arms Control Subcommittee. He had advocated the Pressler Amendment, which was enforced in 1990. (Also Read: North Korea Threat Grown to Critical And Imminent Level, Says Japan)
Present at the session, former Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani said that it has already been acknowledged that “Pakistan has a stable command and control system over its nuclear weapons,” adding, “Pakistanis are living in a narrative that is purely Pakistani”. “One should pay attention to what Pressler said that while he started out by being critical of the nuclear programme of everybody it was Pakistan’s repeated inability to keep the promises that made him particularly critical,” he said.
With inputs from PTI.