Pakistan slams Wikileaks release of US cables

November 29, 2010 13:42

ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan on Monday criticized the release of classified US diplomatic cables that reportedly raise concerns that highly enriched uranium could be diverted from its nuclear program to build an illicit weapon.

US officials have long expressed concern that Islamic extremists in Pakistan could target the country's nuclear program in an attempt to steal a weapon or, more likely, the materials needed to build one.

Pakistan has always said it is confident its nuclear security is good enough to prevent this from happening — a stance supported publicly by the US; but classified cables released by online whistle-blower Wikileaks reportedly reveal the US has doubts and has clashed with Pakistan over the issue.

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