WASHINGTON: The United States has given the assurance that it has no intention of seizing Pakistan's nuclear weapons or material, saying it has confidence in the county's ability to protect its nuclear programmes. "The US has no intention of seizing Pakistani nuclear weapons or material," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said when questioned about an American magazine article that the Obama administration wants Pakistan to let Washington help secure its weapons in a crisis. "We see Pakistan as a key ally in our common effort to fight violent extremists and to foster regional stability," he said. "We're working very closely with Pakistan on a number of important initiatives regarding regional security. "And as the Secretary (of State Hillary Clinton) has said, we have confidence in the ability of the Pakistani government to provide adequate security for their nuclear programmes and materials." The article, written by veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, reports that the Obama administration has been working on "highly sensitive understandings" with the Pakistani military that would let the US special units to provide "added security for the Pakistani arsenal in case of a crisis". The journalist' assertions drew a quick denials by the Pakistan Foreign Ministry as well as the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, which reiterated Washingon's trust in Pakistan's ability to protect its strategic assets. At the State Department, Spokesman Kelly, said, "We do provide them (Pakistan) with assistance, of course, as you know... "And we have a number of security assistance initiatives that are focused on strengthening counterinsurgency capacities to foster stability," he stated in reference to counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries. The spokesman also renewed Washington's commitment to working with Islamabad and Kabul towards curbing militancy in the region through a comprehensive multifaceted approach. "I think what we are doing in Afghanistan and Pakistan is were siding with the governments there who are seeking to counter the kind of violent extremism that weve seen at the with the Taliban and al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups." "And we are making a partnership with the governments in both in Kabul and Islamabad, to try and help them deal with this with these groups inside their borders and that are crossing between the two countries." The United States, he said, is also assisting the two neighbours "provide a secure environment where the people of Afghanistan and the people of Waziristan can focus on whats important, and thats building their countrys infrastructure, providing educational and economic opportunities for their children, and in general, just a more peaceful and prosperous future."