WASHINGTON — 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.