Report: Saudis May Purchase Pakistani Atomic Bomb
By Judah Ari Gross
May 18, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "Times
Of Israel" -
Saudi Arabia has reached out to its ally
Pakistan to acquire “off-the-shelf” atomic weapons as a nuclear arms race begins
to shape up with Shiite rival Iran, US sources said.
“For the Saudis the moment has come,” a former US defense official told the UK’s
Sunday Times. “There has been a longstanding agreement in place with the
Pakistanis and the House of Saud has now made the strategic decision to move
The anonymous former official said the US did not believe that “any actual
weaponry has been transferred yet,” but declared that “the Saudis mean what they
say and they will do what they say.”
Tensions between Tehran and the kingdom have grown in the past few months as
Saudi Arabia stepped up its air campaign against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in
Yemen. King Salman of Saudi Arabia refused an invitation to attend a landmark
summit hosted by US President Barack Obama last week, amid ongoing angst over
US-led nuclear talks with Iran.
Former Saudi intelligence head Prince Turki bin Faisal expressed the kingdom’s
desire for a nuclear weapon last month at the Asan Plenum, a conference held by
the South Korean-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies. “Whatever the Iranians
have, we will have, too,” he said, according to The New York Times.
Faisal also warned that the Iranian nuclear deal “opens the door to nuclear
proliferation, not closes it, as was the initial intention.”
According to the Sunday Times report, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have enjoyed a
mutually beneficial relationship for decades. Saudi Arabia has given Pakistan
billions of dollars in subsidized oil, while the latter has unofficially agreed
to supply the Gulf state with nuclear warheads.
“Nuclear weapons programs are extremely expensive and there’s no question that a
lot of the funding of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program was provided by Saudi
Arabia,” Lord David Owen, who served as England’s foreign secretary from
1977-1979, told the weekly publication.
“Given their close relations and close military links, it’s long been assumed
that if the Saudis wanted, they would call in a commitment, moral or otherwise,
for Pakistan to supply them immediately with nuclear warheads,” he added.
However, the report added, Lt.Gen. Khalid Kidwai, who helped pioneer Pakistan’s
nuclear program, denied that Pakistan had ever granted Saudi Arabia access to
its nuclear technology.
The main concern shared by US and European officials was that if Saudi Arabia
were to acquire an atomic weapon, it could spur other Sunni nations to follow
An anonymous British military official also told The Sunday Times that Western
military leaders “all assume the Saudis have made the decision to go nuclear.”
The official added, “The fear is that other Middle Eastern powers — Turkey and
Egypt — may feel compelled to do the same and we will see a new, even more
dangerous, arms race.”
This position was also mirrored by other, non-Saudi Gulf states at a summit last
week between the US and several Arab countries. One unnamed Gulf state leader
attending the Camp David summit told The New York Times, “We can’t sit back and
be nowhere as Iran is allowed to retain much of its capability and amass its
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from Pakistan, US officials told a London newspaper.
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Saudi Arabia, in response to the current upheaval in the Middle East, has
embarked on a strategic review that includes acquiring nuclear weapons, the
Guardian has learned.
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SAUDI ARABIA has taken the “strategic decision” to acquire “off-the-shelf”
atomic weapons from Pakistan, risking a new arms race in the Middle East,
according to senior American officials.
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