Pakistan being one of the 9 nuclear powers of the world, is always a topic of discussion for other countries. Recently, USA has claimed that Pakistan is developing some new types of nuclear weapons.
Daniel Ray Coats, the Director of National Intelligence for the US has briefed a Congressional hearing on worldwide threats in which Pakistan was accused of producing new nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical weapons.
The hearing was organized by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where the American Intelligence chief said that Pakistan is continuously developing nuclear weapons that can be launched in the form of sea-based cruise missiles, air-launched cruise missiles, and longer-range ballistic missiles
America is concerned that these nuclear weapons will introduce new risks regarding escalation of dynamics and security in the region. While going through the rhetoric demand of ‘Do More’, Coats said that Pakistan is still supporting terrorist groups to keep the tensions between India and Pakistan on a higher note. According to Coats:
Militant groups supported by Islamabad will continue to take advantage of their safe haven in Pakistan to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, including against US interests.
While speaking of the nuclear weapons concerns, Coats also warned that North Korea will be among the most volatile and confrontational weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats to the US over the next year.
For the past two years, North Korea is conducting several ballistic missile tests including the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) program.