Clinton: Taliban Threat to Pakistan Is Rising

But secretary, on European tour, sees no danger of nukes falling into terrorist hands
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 11, 2009 10:35 AM CDT
British PM Gordon Brown greets Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Chequers, his official country residence, Sunday Oct 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Oli Scarff, pool))
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(Newser) – An audacious Taliban attack on Pakistan's army headquarters shows there is a growing terrorist threat to the nuclear-armed US ally, Hillary Clinton said today. The secretary of state, speaking at a joint news conference with British counterpart David Miliband, added that while extremists were "increasingly threatening the authority of the state," she saw no danger of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal falling into terrorist hands.

Clinton is on a five-day tour of Europe in which the conflict in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan and the crisis over Iran's nuclear program have been major topics. Clinton also warned Iran that the world "will not wait indefinitely" for it to live up to international obligations regarding its nuclear program. She later travels to Russia, where she'll press Moscow to back tough new sanctions against Tehran.