Pakistan Deny Threats to US Interest in South Asia

Pakistan criticizes new reports saying the state's weapons in south Asia are a threat to American regional interests.

The report says that Pakistan's nuclear weapons production will be a new risk in the escalation of dynamics and security in the region.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal criticized the report on Thursday for "considered a negative focus" on Pakistan.

He pointed to India which he said had the "fastest increase" of nuclear weapons piles.

Pakistan officials say that the country's close-range missiles, which could be equipped with nuclear warheads, would block the country's large neighbor, India, to conduct a sudden attack is limited by conventional forces.

The fragile relationship between Pakistan and America has worsening lately because of allegations that Islamabad is secretly maintaining links with the Taliban and other militant groups fighting American forces in Afghanistan.

Authorities deny that Pakistan has links with militants. [lt]

China Questions US Causes of Cyber-related Threats

A Chinese government spokesman said Beijing was questioning why the US felt insecure about dealing with the country. His remarks were made in response to a US government report that mentions China as one of the countries with the greatest cyber threat.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that Washington should eliminate that distrust and cooperate with China and Russia in securing the peace and stability of the world.

The US report also mentions Russia, Iran and North Korea as the countries that present the biggest cyber threat. Director of the National Intelligence And Coats said Tuesday that the United States should pursue a number of deterrent actions to minimize the attacks.

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US officials accuse China of holding a massive hacking operation targeting US interests, including the military and security companies that contract with the US government. [ab/uh]

US Plan Reduce Relief Threats Bilateral Relations

The United States' efforts to reduce military or civilian aid to Pakistan could complicate relations between the two countries, said Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal (19659002). He responded to a VOA question regarding a bill filed Tuesday in the House of Representatives US to end non-defense assistance to Pakistan

DPR member from South Carolina Mark Sanford and Thomas Massie of Kentucky, both from the Republican fraction, presented a bill banning non-defense aid to Pakistan on the grounds that "Pakistan is a country that consciously providing resources to terrorists. "

" The United States should not channel money to a government that provides military and intelligence assistance to terrorists, "said Massie.

Pakistan denies the allegation by saying the country has made a major sacrifice to combat terrorist. Iqbal also asserted that the United States actually did not give so much to Pakistan. [as/al]

Two Former US Secretary of State Reminds Increased Nuclear Threats

Two former US foreign ministers honored on Thursday reminded members of Congress about the rising nuclear dangers resulting from North Korea's efforts to develop atomic weapons and how to throw them on target.

Henry Kissinger – who served in the Nixon government and Ford – highlighted the "systemic failure of the world order" to address nuclear proliferation. "The most direct challenge to international security is the evolution of North Korea's nuclear program," Kissinger said at a hearing on the Committee The Senate Armed Forces; and adds that North Korea's defiance of the international community could have an impact elsewhere.

"If North Korea can maintain its stability against China and America's opposition, and disagreement over the rest of the world, other nations must feel this is a way to reach an important position in (19659002) "Denuclearization of North Korea should be a fundamental goal, we must prepare ourselves for the proliferation of nuclear to another country," he added.

Schultz expressed concern about what he saw as a change of attitude about the use of nuclear weapons.

"President Reagan considers nuclear weapons immoral, and we – the Reagan administration – are working hard to reduce it," Schultz said. "I'm afraid people have lost fear about

nuclear weapons, and now we see everything going the other way. The more countries have nuclear weapons, the more likely that nuclear incident will occur somewhere and the more nuclear material everywhere making it easier for people to make nuclear weapons.

Schultz adds the rapid spread of advanced technology presents a security challenge, whereby countries can use cheap aircraft to deliver conventional bombs and other weapons than military aircraft.

Kissinger approves this view. [em/al]

Trump, US House Face Threats of Government Closure

Republican members plan to hold a temporary budget vote to keep the American government open after midnight Friday (19/1).

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (18/1) made people doubt the vote with a tweet indicating his opposition to that part of the plan, but House Speaker Paul Ryan later said the short-term efforts had the president's backing.

"I do not see what he wrote, but he fully supports what we discussed today, "Ryan told reporters.

The funds for government offices run out on Friday, but the White House and legislators have not reached an agreement on the size of the budget while a month is the fourth in recent months or the budget until the end of fiscal year 2018 on September 30.

Republican leaders in Congress, though they are sai Senate and House of Representatives difficult to gather support for a one-month budget to extend funding of government activities until 16 February. They face opposition from conservative Republicans who want a larger budget for defense programs and some lawmakers are reluctant to reinstate the provisional funding law.

On Thursday, Trump tweeted his opposition on the part of a package that would extend the children's health insurance program during the six-year priority of members of the Democratic House of Representatives. Republican leaders hope to win some Democratic votes for the overall budget package by including health insurance to offset Republican votes that may be lost.

Trump on Twitter says he opposes the inclusion of tens of billions of dollars in health insurance programs in short-term budgets. He said child health insurance (CHIP) "should be part of a long-term solution."

"The president likes to do things in an unconventional way and he does with his phone but in fact he is very helpful to our members. commented Ryan. [my/ii]