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2009 US embassy cable: Pakistan ‘needs nuclear weapons because of inferior army’

Summary: The US, Russia, China and France meet in London to discuss progress in talks towards nuclear disarmament. All those present express support for President Obama’s proposed nuclear security summit. They discuss the enmity between Pakistan and India, which China says is the reason Pakistan has blocked fissile material control talks. Key passage is below:

The solution is to address the underlying problem, which is that India and Pakistan view each other as enemies. Nuclear weapons are crucial to Pakistan. Indeed, a Pakistani military leader said his army was no match for the Indian army. “India is the lynchpin” to assuaging Pakistan’s fears and the U.S. could influence India. China has resolved all border issues except those with India, He observed. In response to Tauscher,s expression of appreciation for China’s efforts in the CD with Pakistan, He said China would engage the Pakistanis.

US embassy cables: Pakistan ‘needs nuclear weapons because of inferior army’ | World news | guardian.co.uk.

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