Addressing a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Reception on Thursday, the United States President Joe Biden said Pakistan may be “one of the most dangerous countries in the world”.
A transcript of the address, published on the White House’s website, quoted Biden as saying Pakistan might be one of the dangerous countries, having nuclear weapons without cohesion.
And what I think is maybe one of the most dangerous nations in the world: Pakistan. Nuclear weapons without any cohesion,” he said.
The US president’s remarks were made in the context of the changing geopolitical situation globally, where he said the world was changing rapidly and countries were rethinking their alliances.
“And the truth of the matter is — I genuinely believe this — that the world is looking to us. Not a joke. Even our enemies are looking to us to figure out how we figure this out, what we do.”
In a press conference in Karachi, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said he was surprised by Biden’s statement and considered it a misunderstanding caused by lack of interaction.
According to “Express Tribune”, Zardari added: “I discussed this issue with the Prime Minister and summoned US Ambassador in Pakistan, Donald Bloom to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for an official protest.”
He also clarified: As far as the safety and security of Pakistan’s nuclear assets are concerned, we comply with all international standards in accordance with the standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
According to the latest estimates by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal currently has 165 nuclear warheads.