Obama stands by comments that angered Pakistan

Obama stands by comments that angered Pakistan

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is standing by foreign policy comments that sparked anger in Pakistan and attacks from his opponents.

Obama told a group in Nevada he didn't think he'd made a mistake in suggesting he would use military force in Pakistan if necessary to hunt down terrorists.

He also sought to clarify his assertion that the use of nuclear weapons in such an attack would be "off the table." Obama says "every military expert" knows it would be better to use conventional weapons in that situation.

Pakistan is considered a U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.

The government of Pakistan last week branded Obama's comment "irresponsible" and protesters in Islamabad burned an American flag.