ran Claims Pakistan is Helping Saudis Develop Nukes

(Ha'aretz) Ze'ev Schiff - Official Iranian sources are claiming that in 2003, Pakistan promised to help Saudi Arabia develop nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them. The Iranian reports emphasize that the nuclear cooperation is at an advanced stage and that for the first time the Saudis have access to nuclear technology. Iranian Prof. Abu Mohammed Asgarkhani claimed that Iran's efforts to acquire nuclear arms picked up after it learned about the Pakistani-Saudi deal. Pakistan owes Saudi Arabia a great deal because Saudi Arabia essentially financed development of the Pakistani bomb. Pakistan was also the middleman between Saudi Arabia and China for the purchase of long-range Chinese missiles. The Saudis want to upgrade them, but Washington remains opposed.

2004-12-08 00:00:00

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