Washington, Nov 10: The United States has denied reports that it has plan to seize Pakistan's nuclear weapons.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Nov 10, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said, "The US has no intention of seizing Pakistani nuclear weapons or material."
He pointed out that the country sees Pakistan as a key ally in war on terror and to foster regional stability.
"We are working very closely with Pakistan on a number of important initiatives regarding regional security," Kelly said.
In an article published in the latest issue of 'The New Yorker', Pulitzer Prize winner journalist Seymour M Hersh, said in interviews that the Obama Administration has been negotiating highly sensitive understandings with the Pakistani military.
"These would allow specially trained American units to provide added security for the Pakistani arsenal in case of a crisis," Hersh said.
"At the same time, the Pakistani military would be given money to equip and train Pakistani soldiers and to improve their housing and facilities - goals that General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the chief of the Pakistan Army, has long desired," Hersh said.
The secrecy surrounding the understandings was important because there is growing antipathy toward America in Pakistan, as well as a history of distrust.