The US ambassador made the call after President Biden said it was “dangerous” for Pakistan to have nuclear weapons



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Pakistani officials said Saturday they had summoned the US ambassador to the country after President Joe Biden’s recent comments questioning the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.

Speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Los Angeles on Thursday, Biden said Pakistan is “one of the most dangerous nations in the world” because it has “nuclear weapons with no cohesion,” according to a transcript of the speech released by the White House. .

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday pushed back against Biden’s comments. “Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and we are proud that our nuclear assets have the best safeguards as per IAEA requirements,” Sharif. he tweeted, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency. “We take these security measures very seriously. Let no one doubt.”

Pakistan’s foreign minister, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, said he was surprised by Biden’s remarks and, after speaking with Sharif, Ambassador Donald Blome was summoned to Pakistan’s Foreign Office.

A US official confirmed to CNN that Blome was summoned by Pakistan’s foreign ministry after Biden’s remarks. Those remarks frustrated U.S. diplomats in the region, the U.S. official said.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Karachi (Pakistan’s largest city) on Saturday, Bhutto-Zardari Sharif spoke about his country’s atomic security record. “We meet all international standards, according to the IAEA,” said Bhutto-Zardari.

Bhutto-Zardari blamed Biden’s comments on a misunderstanding: “I think it’s that misunderstanding that arises when there’s a lack of compromise, and fortunately we’ve embarked on a journey of compromise,” she said.

CNN has reached out to the US State Department for comment.