Bolton: Pakistani Nuclear Capability Is a 'Global Problem'

Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 08:12 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton says he’s concerned about Pakistan’s improving capabilities to deliver nuclear weapons in the wake of a major missile test by that country on Wednesday.
 
“This gives them a capability across India,” he said Wednesday night on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

“Their missile is not as powerful as the one that India launched [a few days ago]. But . . . this is a demonstration to India from the Pakistani military that they are prepared, ” Bolton said.

Tensions between the two countries continue to grow, and Bolton said the situation is made worse by the instability of the government in Pakistan. Bolton said he worries it could become a “grave” issue if the country’s nuclear weapons fall into the wrong hands.

“Its ability to hold together in the face of Islamic radical infiltration is very much in question these days,” Bolton said. “The security of its nuclear weapons and the capability on the ballistic missile front are not just abstract issues and confined to India. This is a global problem.”

“That’s why,” he added, “the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, and how we deal with the al-Qaida and [the] Taliban, both in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, remains extremely important for the United States directly.”

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