A Saudi’s Secret Nuclear Program?
According to the German magazine Cicero, Pakistani scientists are currently helping Saudi Arabia to build its own nuclear program. After having its nuclear program been heavily financed by Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is now returning the favor.
As the AFP reports:
“Saudi Arabia is working secretly on a nuclear program, with help from Pakistani experts, a German magazine reports in its latest edition, citing Western security sources.
During the Hajj pilgrimages to Mecca in 2003 through 2005, Pakistani scientists posed as pilgrims to come to Saudi Arabia in aircraft laid on by the oil-rich kingdom. Between October 2004 and January 2005, some of them took the opportunity to ‘disappear’ from their hotel rooms, sometimes for up to three weeks, it quoted German security expert Udo Ulfkotte as saying.
According to Western security services, the magazine added, Saudi scientists have been working since the mid-1990s in Pakistan, a nuclear power since 1998 thanks to the work of the now-disgraced Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.
Cicero, which will appear on newsstands on Thursday, also quoted a US military analyst, John Pike, as saying that Saudi bar codes can be found on half of Pakistan's nuclear weapons ‘because it is Saudi Arabia which ultimately co-financed the Pakistani atomic nuclear program’.
The magazine also said satellite images prove that Saudi Arabia has set up in Al-Sulaiyil, south of Riyadh, a secret underground city and dozens of underground silos for missiles.
According to some Western security services, long-range Ghauri-type missiles of Pakistani-origin are housed inside the silos.”
We should not be surprised by this news, as it’s obvious that Arab states will not remain on the side-line while one of their most dangerous neighbors, Iran, is about to have nuclear weapons. Whether they acquire or build nuclear weapons, leading Arab States will, sooner or later, need some form of deterrence. Welcome to a fanatic and nuclear Middle East…
Once again, the source of nuclear proliferation in rogue states leads to Pakistan. As mentioned in a previous post, Pakistan: A Friend or a Major Nuclear Threat?, our unwillingness to confront Pakistan on its past nuclear collaboration with Iran and Libya, and to put those responsible behind bars, may end up being a suicidal mistake for the US.