Saudi Arabia is said to have reached out to its ally Pakistan to procure “off-the-shelf” atomic weapons, the UK’s The Sunday Times reported.
According to a former US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, “For the Saudis the moment has come. There has been a longstanding agreement in place with the Pakistanis and the House of Saud has now made the strategic decision to move forward.”
The official explained that the Obama administration does not believe that “any actual weaponry has been transferred yet” to the Saudis, adding “the Saudi mean what they say and they will do what they say.”
The report explained that over the last several decades, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have shared a mutually beneficial relationship. Saudi Arabia has supplied Pakistan will billions of dollars’ worth of subsidized oil while Pakistan unofficially agreed to supply nuclear warheads to Gulf states when the time arrived. read more…