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Gulf states seek nukes against Iran, had secret contacts with Tel Aviv – IDF chief watch

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    Persian Gulf states are seeking nuclear weapons to counter Iran and have held clandestine meetings with Israel despite not having official ties with Tel Aviv, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon revealed at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

    "We see signs that countries in the Arab world are preparing to acquire nuclear weapons, that they are not willing to sit quietly with Iran on brink of a nuclear or atomic bomb," Ya'alon told fellow defense ministers on Sunday, the final day of the Munich Security Conference.

    Ya’alon did not name specific countries who might be interested in developing nuclear weapons and gave no evidence to back up his claims.

    However, he then made a surprise statement that the Gulf states – officially hostile to Tel Aviv because of its occupation of the West Bank – had held clandestine meetings with Israel.


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    (Original post by Dumachi)
    Persian Gulf states are seeking nuclear weapons to counter Iran and have held clandestine meetings with Israel despite not having official ties with Tel Aviv, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon revealed at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.
    I'd say that Saudi Arabia (maybe Egypt) is probably the only one of those countries with the resources to make that happen, and I question the capacity of Saudi scientists to pull it off.

    But some people say Saudi Arabia already has access to nuclear weapons; when Pakistan was developing it's nuclear programme in the 1980s, it was Saudi Arabia that footed a large part of the bill. There is a special relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia (many people aren't aware of it), and some people say that Pakistan has pledged to provide nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia if its security were ever fundamentally threatened.

    In the 1980s, the Saudis purchased DongFeng-3 missiles from China, which are intermediate range missiles which are really only suitable for delivery of nuclear payloads (range is 4000km to 5000km iirc). The Saudis have put together quite a robust and sophisticated strategic rocket force with hardened underground shelters for the missiles, and it has been mooted that they will purchase Chinese DongFeng-21 missiles.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_..._Missile_Force

    I think the idea is that if the need ever arose, the Saudis would mount Pakistani warheads on their Chinese missiles. It will be interesting to see how this develops and plays out, but it does seem to me that Iran has cut its own throat with its Shi'a version of Islamic extremism and its attempts to dominate the Arab world.
 
 
 
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