The ambassador of the United States to Mexico, Ken Salazar, denied that the weapons recently seized from organized crime belonged to the United States Army, as indicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE).
He pointed out that the seized weapons are calibers reserved for the use of the US Army, but he assured that this does not mean that they belong to the Armed Forces.
“These are not weapons from the United States Army, obviously mine, because I have no information in the two and a half years that I have been here that these are weapons from the United States Army,” he said. .
Alicia Bárcena, head of the SRE, announced on Monday that the Secretariat of National Defense reported to the United States Government that it obtained American weapons for military use from members of organized crime in Mexico.
In an interview, Salazar said that they are seriously responding to the report from the Defense and that they are conducting a process of exchanging information.
“Those (weapons) have calibers used by the Army, which is possible, but they are not, in my view and the information I have, that they are from the United States Army. But, since this is an issue, we will see what the reality is because we are united, President Biden and President López Obrador, to do everything possible to reduce the flow of weapons that come to Mexico,” he. commented.
Salazar affirmed that weapons for military use should be in the hands of the military and security forces, not criminals.
“Almost 70 percent of the weapons that come to Mexico come from the United States; these illegal weapons cause a lot of violence in Mexico and bring a lot of pain,” he lamented.
“Those weapons of attack, military type, high caliber, which should only be in the hands of the military, in the hands of the police, often reach organized crime or people who use these weapons to kill, or many more. people in the United States and in Mexico.”