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US embassy clarifies Clinton's Pakistan remarks

(Xinhua)

09:07, October 26, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. embassy Tuesday denied remarks attributed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that she has "threatened" Pakistan and implied that the United States intends to take unilateral military action against Pakistan.

Section of Pakistani media reported on Tuesday that Hillary Clinton in her Bloomberg interview in Tajikistan, had threatened Pakistan of military action in Pakistan just days after her Islamabad's trip.

"This is false, the Secretary has consistently made clear in her public statements, including the Bloomberg interview, that the United States stands together with Pakistan and Afghanistan to avoid 'dire consequences' that could result in the region if the three countries do not work together to 'squeeze and shutdown' the terrorist threat on both sides of the border," the U.S. embassy said in a statement.

The embassy also released the full quote of the Secretary's interview on Oct. 22 with Bloomberg News in which she said that she had made it clear that there will be dire consequences for Pakistan as well as Afghanistan if this threat from the terrorist networks is not contained, at the very least, because there's no way that any government in Islamabad can control these groups.

"This is an opportunity, while we are still with 48 nations across the border in Afghanistan, where we have a lot of assets that we can put at their disposal, for us to work to really limit the threat posed by these groups," she said

"I think, following our conversations and the clarity that I believe was created, there's a much greater understanding and appreciation of what we can do together to deal with these mutual threats," Clinton said.

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