Pakistan Brands Report of Saudi Nuclear Deal ‘Baseless’



Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday denied as “speculative, mischievous and baseless” a report by the BBC that Islamabad has agreed to sell nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia.

“Pakistan is a responsible nuclear weapon state with robust command and control structures and comprehensive export controls,” a Pakistani official told the BBC’s Newsnight.

The BBC had quoted a “senior Nato decision maker” as saying that Pakistan has produced nuclear bombs for Saudi Arabia and are “ready” for delivery.

The claims were backed by former Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin who told a conference in Sweden last month that “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,” according to BBC.

Gary Samore, former President Barack Obama’s counter-proliferation adviser, also reportedly said that Saudi Arabia possibly has an “understanding” with Pakistan to obtain nuclear weapons when needed.

The Saudi embassy in London told the BBC in a statement that the kingdom is a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and has worked to establish a nuclear free Middle East.

But it also said that the “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 U.N. Security Council.”

Source: Al Arabiya

Discussion3 Comments

  1. so a report by bbc…quoting an israeli and a obama official. i don’t get it…am i supposed to take this seriously? there’s a plethora of reasons why pakistan has no incentive to just give the saudis its nukes.

  2. Must be a lie. After all, Pakistan has a great track record of never selling nuclear secrets….. and AQ Khan was the most innocent and his public confession of selling to Iran, Libya, Syria and North Korea was all a fake.

    And who cares if Saudi gets the bomb. They’ll use it on Iran and the fallout will land on Pakistan. Good riddance to bad rubbish !!

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