An expert on nuclear proliferation has said Saudi Arabia may try to recruit retired Pakistani nuclear scientists in order to acquire nuclear weapons technology.
“It’s pretty clear that Saudi Arabia may be looking for a nuclear neutralizer with Iran … so some Pakistani retired scientists could be asked for help,” Mark Fitzpatrick said at the launching of his book “Overcoming Pakistan Nuclear Dangers” at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London on Thursday, according to Dawn.
Fitzpatrick, who is director of the non-proliferation and disarmament program at the institute, referred to media reports suggesting that Saudi Arabia had financed Pakistan’s nuclear program at the time of its inception and said that the financing could have come with an implicit or explicit understanding that Pakistani nuclear weapons would be used for Saudi defense.
He said Saudis were concerned about Iranian nuclear advancements, but did not have a well-developed infrastructure to start their own nuclear program.
Earlier in 2013, a senior NATO decision maker told BBC that he had seen intelligence reports saying that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.
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