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Fundamentalists won't get their hands on Pak nukes: Rumsfeld

Tara Shankar Sahay in New Delhi

Unites States Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld does not think Pakistan's nuclear weapons will fall into the hands of fundamentalists.

Addressing a joint press conference on Monday with Defence Minister George Fernandes in Delhi, he pointed out that countries like Pakistan, which possess nuclear weapons, knew the dangers posed by them and therefore had put in place measures to manage them and ensure their security.

"I personally do not believe there is a risk of the nuclear weapons falling into the hands of fundamentalists in Pakistan," Rumsfeld said.

Asked about the ongoing war in Afghanistan, he said adding it was the only way to deal with these people (terrorists).

Answering a pointed question about the US reluctance to fight terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir, Rumsfeld said that the war against terrorism was a global one and that the war in Afghanistan was only the first phase.

Referring to the US sanctions on India, Rumsfeld said that some economic sanctions had been lifted but those pertaining to nuclear technology and missiles are under discussion.

He said that he had invited Defence Minister George Fernandes to the US to continue these discussion.

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