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Pentagon: no assurances against Pakistan coup
Pentagon says it neither sought nor received assurances that Pakistan army won't stage coup
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Pentagon says it hasn't sought or received assurances from the Pakistani army that the army won't stage a coup.

The civilian and military leadership in Pakistan are in near-open conflict.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. John Kirby, tells reporters that in the Pentagon's view, the crisis is a matter for Pakistan to resolve.

It's also a matter of great concern in light of Pakistan's status as a nuclear power and the risk that its arsenal, which is said to be well protected, could fall into the wrong hands in the event of a civil conflict.

The internal conflict adds yet another layer of complication and peril to the U.S.-Pakistani relationship. The Obama administration insists Pakistan is key to defeating the threat posed by al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

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