USA: US cuts security assistance to Pakistan, demands 'decisive action' against terrorists

SOT, Heather Nauert, State Department spokesperson: «So the — so that came out of Treasury just a short while ago. And that is all something that I — I don't want to speak for Treasury, but I believe all of that has been in the works for quite some time. When the President did his big Iran review, he talked about having the ability to sanction various authorities — various authorities that... Еще undermine human rights; various authorities that are involved in transferring weapons, providing missiles and ballistic missiles and other types of equipment. And so I think it would fall under that.» US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced that the United States is suspending security assistance to Pakistan over what is believed to be a failure of the Pakistani government to adequately confront terror groups within its territory, as she spoke from Washington DC on Thursday. «We are suspending security assistance; security assistance only, to Pakistan at this time until the Pakistani Government takes decisive action against groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network. We consider them to be destabilizing the region and also targeting U.S. personnel,» said Nauert. She went on to say that the move should not «come as a surprise» for Pakistani government adding that the aid could be made available in the future if the country takes «decisive action» to «aggressively confront» terror groups «who threaten US interests.» Commenting on the recent announcement of the US treasury to penalise Iranian companies linked to the country's ballistic missile programme, Nauert said that it was to be expected. «When the President did his big Iran review, he talked about having the ability to sanction various authorities — various authorities that undermine human rights; various authorities that are involved in transferring weapons, providing missiles and ballistic missiles and other types of equipment. And so I think it would fall under that,» she concluded.

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