In the late 1970s, the United States and Britain collaborated on a secret campaign to thwart Pakistan's nuclear ambitions, according to declassified documents recently released by the U.S. Department of State. As reported by Hindustan Times, more than 300 formal diplomatic communication attempts were aimed at European and Asian governments, urging them to help prevent Pakistan from acquiring the technological and material resources for a nuclear bomb.
The declassified documents were obtained by George Washington University's National Security Archive. And according to the news source, the information reveals that the U.S. had at least moderate success in slowing Pakistan's nuclear proliferation efforts. France may have been talked out of aiding the nation in the construction of a plutonium reprocessing facility.
Despite U.S. intervention efforts, Pakistan's nuclear program has continued to progress in the past few decades. The West Asian country is now thought to have the world's fastest-growing nuclear arsenal.
According to reports obtained by Global Security Newswire, U.S. operatives may be currently debating, strategizing and even conducting drills for seizing Pakistani nuclear materials in the event of a diplomatic crisis.