Pakistan to Supply House of Saud with Nukes?
The de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Abdullah, just returned from Pakistan where he met for high level talks with Pervez Musharraf. Today, very troubling reports are emerging from numerous sources that they made an agreement for Pakistan to supply Saudi Arabia with nuclear weapons.
Pakistan will deploy nuclear missiles and warheads at Saudi bases under military-nuclear accord signed in Islamabad by Crown prince Abdullah. DEBKAfile adds: Pakistani security umbrella will replace US troop presence withdrawn from kingdom this summer. Deal flatly defies Bush warning to Abdullah this year not to deploy nuclear weapons on Saudi soil.
And since people always discount DEBKAfile stories (even though they are often proven right), here’s a similar report from Arnaud de Borchgrave, editor in chief of UPI: Pakistan-Saudi trade nuke tech for oil.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 20 (UPI) — Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have concluded a secret agreement on nuclear cooperation, an unimpeachable source said Monday.
“It will be vehemently denied by both countries,” added this ranking Pakistani source known to this correspondent for more than a decade as a knowledgeable insider, “but future events will confirm that Pakistan has agreed to provide KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) with the wherewithal for a nuclear deterrent.”
In a lightning, hastily arranged, 26-hour “state visit” in Islamabad, Crown Prince Abdullah Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, flew across the Arabian Sea with an entourage of 200, including Foreign Minister Prince Saud and several Cabinet ministers. The pro-American Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan, who is next in line to succeed to the throne after Abdullah, was not part of the delegation.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf met Abdullah at the airport and saw him off Sunday night with a 21-gun salute.
In Washington, Mohammed Sadiq, Pakistan’s deputy chief of mission, said Monday the report about Pakistan and Saudi Arabia reaching agreement on nuclear cooperation was “totally wrong.”
“This is against our policy,” Sadiq told UPI. “Pakistan would never proliferate its nuclear technology. It’s a very clear policy. This was not even discussed in the talks we held with the Saudis in Islamabad this week. It was not even on the agenda. It is out of the question.”