US Officials: 'Saudis Set To Buy Nuclear Weapons From Pakistan' Watch

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Saudi Arabia is said to have taken the "strategic decision" to acquire "off-the-shelf"
nuclear weapons from ally Pakistan, senior US officials told the Sunday Times.

Sunni Arab states are increasingly concerned of the repercussions of a deal currently
being negotiated between world powers and Shi'ite rival Iran, which they fear may still
be able to develop a nuclear bomb.

The deal being negotiated between Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council and
Germany would see the Shi'ite nation curb its sensitive nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

"For the Saudis the moment has come," a former US defence official told the Sunday Times last week.

"There has been a long-standing agreement in place with the Pakistanis and the House of Saud
has now made the strategic decision to move forward."

'This stuff is available to them off the shelf'

Another US official working in intelligence told the paper that "hundreds of people at [CIA headquarters] Langley"
were working to establish whether Islamabad had already supplied the Gulf nation with nuclear technology or weaponry.

"We know this stuff is available to them off the shelf," the intelligence official said, adding that it
"has to be the assumption" that the Saudis have decided to become a nuclear power.

"We can't sit back and be nowhere as Iran is allowed to retain much of its capability and amass its research,"
an Arab leader preparing to meet Obama told the New York Times on Monday (11 May).

The sentiment was shared by former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki bin Faisal, who told
a recent conference in South Korea: "whatever the Iranians have, we will have, too."

The right to enrich uranium

If inked the deal will leave 5,000 centrifuges and a research and development programme
in place — features that are highly contested by Israel and Arab states.

By allowing Iran to retain the right to enrich uranium, the deal may inadvertently increase nuclear
proliferation in the region, by providing justification for other Middle Eastern countries to match Iran.

Saudi Arabia has financed substantial amounts of Islamabad's nuclear programme over the past
three decades, providing Pakistan's government with billions of dollars of subsidised oil while taking
delivery of Shaheen mobile ballistic missiles.

"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,"
former Foreign Secretary Lord David Owen told the Sunday Times.

A senior British military officer also told the paper that Western military leaders "all assume
the Saudis have made the decision to go nuclear."

"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."

Lt.Gen. Khalid Kidwai, who helped develop Pakistan's nuclear program, denied Islamabad had ever sent
nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia or any other country in recent comments.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/us-official...kistan-1501733
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This can only end well for the region.
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'senior US officials'
Pakistan didnt send troops to support the Saudi Invasion of Yemen, this is another non story. Stories like this keep coming up every 6-9 months to keep the pressure on Pakistan but its not really based on fact or any new information. The Saudis dont even have the expertise to maintain a nuclear weapons programme and they know if Saudi Arabia did get nukes, america would stop selling Saudi Arabia all the essential weapons they need to deliver the nuclear weapon
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Been on the cards for a few years.

It's linked to irans weapons programme.
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No one else must be willing to sell to them. It's surprising that, despite sending Pakistan so much money, most Arabs completely hate those Pakistanis who go to Middle Eastern countries.

BTW the US can hardly talk! Aren't they practically bankrolling Pakistanis too? I'd say the US was the biggest source of income in that country!
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(Original post by GnomeMage)
The sentiment was shared by former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki bin Faisal, who told
a recent conference in South Korea: "whatever the Iranians have, we will have, too."


http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/us-official...kistan-1501733
i wonder if they want to have the sanctions of iran too.
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They are allowed to because Saudi Arabia are allied with Israel and the United States.


Iran isn't allowed nukes because they are hated by Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US.

The big bully countries decide who are allowed nukes and even nuclear energy.
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(Original post by Zòrro)
They are allowed to because Saudi Arabia are allied with Israel and the United States.


Iran isn't allowed nukes because they are hated by Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US.

The big bully countries decide who are allowed nukes and even nuclear energy.
Iran is a signed up mber of the nuclear non proliferation treaty.

Saudi has just said it might in response to irans actual attempts.
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No one else must be willing to sell to them. It's surprising that, despite sending Pakistan so much money, most Arabs completely hate those Pakistanis who go to Middle Eastern countries.

BTW the US can hardly talk! Aren't they practically bankrolling Pakistanis too? I'd say the US was the biggest source of income in that country!
US (and western aid in general) to pakistan has been cut massively actually, certainly compaored to what they used to shovel them in the 1980s and 90s. now the aid they give is very much tied to the military automony usa practice in pak/afgan border region. saudi is prob pakistans biggest bankroller both above and under the table - which is why its regarded as a puppet state
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You can't trust anyone these days.
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