Thursday, November 07, 2013

Wow: Saudi Arabia Aiming to Buy Nuclear Weapons from Pakistan

The richest country in the Muslim world believes that it can purchase nuclear arms from the only nuclear-armed Muslim state. Saudi Arabia, awash with cash and frightened of Iran, is believed to have invested in the Pakistani nuclear program and is looking for a dividend. The Saudis have said that they will acquire the weapons if Iran does.

Earlier this year, a senior Nato decision maker told me that he had seen intelligence reporting that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.

Last month Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, told 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."

Since 2009, when 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", the kingdom has sent the Americans numerous signals of its intentions.

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