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Pakistani nuclear-capable surface-to-air ballistic missiles • Pakistani Prime Minister Khan
In a stunning statement, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he would be willing to give up his nation's nuclear weapons if its rival India vowed to do the same. He also urged New Delhi to come to the negotiating table.

When asked by Fox News' Bret Baier if India offered to relinquish it nuclear arsenal, would Pakistan, Khan answered with an emphatic "yes. Because nuclear war is not an option. And between Pakistan and India, the idea of nuclear war is actually self-destruction, because we have two and a half thousand-mile border," Khan said.

The Pakistani PM added that the recent escalation in tensions between the two nuclear rivals, following sporadic outbreaks of violence in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack, was unnecessary.

Khan said he had asked US President Donald Trump to mediate between the two regional powers over the Kashmir issue, which Khan said was the only reason for which, over the past "70 years that we have not be able to act like civilized neighbors." Khan played down India's fiery response to reports of potential talks mediated by the US, in which New Delhi insisted that negotiations could only take place bilaterally. He instead urged India's government to come to the table.

"We're talking about 1.3 billion people on this Earth. Imagine the dividends of peace if somehow that issue could be resolved."