WASHINGTON - In the face of Pakistani and US denials, noted American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh stood by his weekend article claiming that the Obama administration wanted Pakistan to let Washington help secure its nuclear weapons in a crisis. In an interview with CNN on Sunday, he dismissed the accusations levelled against him, saying that the highly sensitive understandings now being sought by Washington with the Pakistani military were completely different from the previous administrations tough position. Hersh wrote in The New Yorker Magazine that during meetings with current and former officials in Washington and Islamabad, he was told that the agreements, being secretly negotiated, would allow specially trained American units to provide added security for the Pakistani arsenal. In November 2001, Hersh reported in the same magazine that the United States was making plans to seize or disable Pakistani nuclear weapons to prevent them from falling into the hands of Islamic extremists. That report was also met with widespread denials as well. But Hersh said Sunday there was an enormous difference between what the Obama administration was trying to do and what had been considered before. Theyre now saying, were going to help you, he told CNN. In addition, he said the current US plans focus not on removing warheads, but on separating them from the trigger mechanisms used to set them off. The journalist said another goal of the agreements would be to reassure India. The US officials, according to Hersh, hope that securing Pakistani bombs will convince India to pull troops off the Pakistani frontier, allowing Islamabad to turn more of its militarys attention towards battling Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters along its northwestern border with Afghanistan where US troops have been battling the Taliban since 2001. Its all part of the broad strategic scheme, Hersh said. But the plan has had unintended consequences in Pakistan, one of which is they hate our guts, he said. Pakistan remains mistrustful of the United States, fearing its nuclear secrets will fall into Indian hands, and Theres an enormous discrepancy between what they say and what they agree to do, Hersh said.