In response to the surgical strike on Balakot in February 2019, the former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims he was awakened to speak to his then Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj, who informed him that Pakistan was preparing a nuclear attack and that India was preparing its own escalatory response.
Pompeo claims that the incident occurred while he was in Hanoi for the US-North Korea Summit on February 27–28 and that his team worked all night with both New Delhi and Islamabad to avert this crisis in his most recent book, “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love,” which was released on Tuesday.”I do not believe that the world is fully aware of how perilously near the India-Pakistan conflict was to escalating into a nuclear war in February 2019. Actually, I’m not sure of the exact response either; I simply know that it was close “Writer Pompeo. In February 2019, in retaliation for the terror assault in Pulwama that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF soldiers, Indian aeroplanes bombed a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training centre in Balakot, Pakistan.
“Despite being frequently irritated by the Indians, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was a fantastic partner in efforts to strengthen commercial connections. He was also a talented trade negotiator and a former member of the Bob Dole administration, making him a near-Kansan. We all agreed that the United States needed to take a major strategic step to strengthen our ties with India and break the mould with innovative ideas, Pompeo says in his book.
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