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In response to question by a journalist from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, US State Department Spokesperson Mark Toner points out the need for “steps by Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to plan attacks in India and that Pakistan takes steps to address or to go after, I think, all the terrorist groups that are currently using its territory.”
Moving on from Cross Border Mohammadden Terrorism fomented by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s bid to join the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG), Mark Toner seems to indicate that there is NSG member backing to keep the Islamic Republic out:
State Department Briefing for Foreign Media
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Department Spokesperson
June 9, 2016 ………………………………………..
QUESTION: Thank you, sir. This is Jahanzaib Ali from ARY News TV, Pakistan.
MR TONER: Yeah.
QUESTION: Sir, at many occasions, United States has said that it will always encourage the good and friendly relations between Pakistan and India. But few decisions now by United States is firing up the already-tense atmosphere between the two countries. I’m talking about the NSG, the Nuclear Suppliers Group. As you know, United States announced its support for India to get it into the NSG. So you told me like couple of weeks ago that it is about the peaceful nuclear technology. But despite knowing the energy – worst-ever energy crisis in Pakistan, United States is not ready to get Pakistan into the NSG, but it’s supporting India. What is the reason, sir?
MR TONER: So first of all, you asked about Indian and Pakistan – Pakistani relations. And certainly that was one of the discussions, frankly, that was raised at the – or one of the issues, frankly, that was raised in discussions with Prime Minister Modi. They talked about a wide range of regional issues, in fact. Our bilateral relations with India and Pakistan are separate and stand on their own merits, and so I don’t think we – it’s not prudent for us to view our security cooperation in the region in kind of a zero-sum game – or zero-sum terms, rather. I think it’s important that – and it’s important for the countries of the region that they all have constructive security relationships with each other. And that’s Pakistan, that’s India, and it’s also Afghanistan.
We believe that Pakistan and India stand to benefit from practical cooperation and encourage, as you know, direct dialogue aimed at increasing cooperation and reducing tensions. And that includes steps by Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to plan attacks in India and that Pakistan takes steps to address or to go after, I think, all the terrorist groups that are currently using its territory. And that continues to be an area of collaboration and cooperation that we pursue with Pakistan is its counterterrorism operations.
You asked about --
QUESTION: Nuclear Suppliers Group.
MR TONER: Yeah. I mean, that’s a collective decision reached by the members of the group. I know that – excuse me – as you noted, India is also pursuing membership into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, but certainly, if Pakistan wants to pursue that, that’s something for all the members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group to consider.
From US State department website:State Department Briefing for Foreign Media