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Saudi Arabia ‘can get nuclear weapons from Pakistan’

Nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery, report says

  • IANS
  • Published: 16:39 November 8, 2013
  • Gulf News

London: Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and it could obtain atom bombs at will, a BBC Newsnight report said on Thursday citing various sources.

The report said that Saudi Arabia’s quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran’s atomic programme and it is now possible that the country might be able to deploy such devices more quickly than the Islamic republic.

The report, citing a Nato official, said that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.

It quoted Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, as saying last month at a conference in Sweden that if Iran got the bomb, “the Saudis will not wait one month”.

“They already paid for the bomb, they will go to Pakistan and bring what they need to bring,” BBC Newsnight quoted him as saying.

In 2009, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warned visiting US special envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross that if Iran crossed the threshold, “we will get nuclear weapons”.

After that Saudi Arabia has sent the Americans numerous signals of its intentions, the BBC programme said.

“I do think that the Saudis believe that they have some understanding with Pakistan that, in extremis [sic], they would have claim to acquire nuclear weapons from Pakistan,” Gary Samore, until March 2013 President Barack Obama’s counter-proliferation adviser, was quoted as saying on the Newsnight.

The story of Saudi Arabia’s acquisition of missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads over long ranges goes back decades, the report said.

The Saudis secretly bought dozens of CSS-2 ballistic missiles from China in the late 1980s.

They deployed these sophisticated rockets some 20 years ago.

Defence publisher Jane’s revealed the existence of Saudi Arabia’s third intermediate-range ballistic missile site, approximately 200km southwest of the country’s capital Riyadh.

Allegations of a Saudi-Pakistani nuclear deal started to circulate even in the 1990s, but were denied by Saudi officials.

Western intelligence agencies have accused Pakistani scientist Abdul Qader Khan of selling atomic know-how and uranium enrichment centrifuges to Libya and North Korea.

According to the BBC report, the Saudi government is concerned about Iran’s nuclear-proliferation programmes and resented the removal of Saddam Hussain and had long been unhappy about US policy on Israel.

The Pakistan foreign ministry has described the story as “speculative, mischievous and baseless”, BBC said.

“Pakistan is a responsible nuclear weapon state with robust command and control structures and comprehensive export controls,” the Pakistan foreign ministry said.

The Saudi embassy in London, in a statement, has pointed out the UN’s “failure to make the Middle East a nuclear-free zone is one of the reasons the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejected the offer of a seat on the UN Security Council”.

Comments (18)

  1. Added 19:28 November 9, 2013

    Since its Birth on August 14th 1947 Islamic Republic of Pakistan (IRP) has outfoxed all world powers big and small. This movement of demonizing IRP is utter Jealousy. People have been telling since the birth of Pakistan that IRP will collapse in months if not in days. To their dismay Pakistan has progressed in leaps and bounds and now is a equal match to any country or alliance in the world if conflict erupts. Up until 1998 India was jumping up and down to attack IRP but now they are begging IRP to not start a conflict. The way IRP is going within ten years its nuclear/missile arsenal will surpass the entire world.

    Agthagola, Kansas, United States

  2. Added 19:17 November 9, 2013

    When India, Israel and USA can work together in arms race then why not Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other countries?

    Zoheb, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 18:18 November 9, 2013

    @Anoop thanks for you advice. But Pakistan knows what is wrong and right and do not merge this issue with Pakistan's west neighboring country. Pakistan knows how to defend its nuclear assets.

    Afaq, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:41 November 9, 2013

    Only if the world's so called super powers were not partial to their allies and had the dignity to be fair enough, we never had nuclear, chemical, and other nasty weapons on our beautiful earth. Indeed a time would come when animals and creepy crawls would be more peaceful than us humans!

    Ameneh, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 17:00 November 9, 2013

    Balance of Power is the major thing that keep peace in the region and it is true specially for the the Asian Countries. Israel is the dictator of Middle East and no country have the power to stop. If the neighbour country of Israel got the Power the issue may be solved, the same case is Pakistan and India.

    Umair, Multan, Pakistan

  6. Added 15:01 November 9, 2013

    Pakistan, for the last many years, has been on the wrong side of intenational news. No denials could convince the world community. It is not living to its promises. Examples are many. The new Pakistani Government should adress this issue and build the nation's credibility as a responsible state, where there is rule of law, respect for human rights, explicit commitment to international peace, etc. Otherwise, it will continue to be the villainous character for the world news.

    ANOOP M NAIR, ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:41 November 9, 2013

    Please tell us something NEW,since we were young we know this and WHY not.IF others can have nuclear arms then why not us?

    A Alahlawi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:11 November 9, 2013

    What does it matter who's funded Pakistan , America funds Israel's manufacturing of nuclear weapons!

    Usman Mahmood, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 14:04 November 9, 2013

    The falacy under wich if anyone lives that this is was the case is utterly nonsense atomic wepon was Pakistan's need since India went nuclear in 1970s. We sacrificed our 2 generations in pursuit so sorry it aint for sale and the only understanding we have had with the Saudis in the protection of Makkah and Medina which is without question rest Saudi has an excellent arsenal of American made conventional wepons and don't need a nuke plus Iran is too late in this age and date to get it....we got it when we didnt even have internet!

    Moaz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 14:03 November 9, 2013

    why there is so much double standard policies in the international level by US and their allies? Can someone justify on what grounds US and their allies provided atom bombs and all super sophisticated weapons to Israel? and if there are justifications for that. Why the same cannot be applied to the Islamic world. are they not at risk from the atomic treasuries of Israel and their friends? and US? do they not have the right defend themselves? can anyone answer please?If all the Muslim countries destroyed by USSR and USA till now had atom bombs in their hands. The history would have been different by now. they wouldn't have dared to go near to them and if there were some issues to resolve they would have restricted themselves to the table talks only instead of gun talks...

    Omer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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