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Saudi Arabia Wants Nuclear Arms

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by ManuSankar, Dec 8, 2011.

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  1. ManuSankar

    ManuSankar Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Saudi Arabia may need nuclear weapons to fend off threat from Iran and Israel, says former intelligence chief

    Saudi Arabia may have to arm itself with nuclear weapons to counter threats from Iran and Israel, a former Saudi intelligence chief said yesterday.

    Prince Turki al-Faisal, who is still influential despite no longer holding public office, said the move may be necessary 'as a duty to our country and people'.

    He noted that Israel is widely assumed to have a nuclear arsenal and that Iran, Riyadh's arch-rival in the Middle East, is believed by many to be developing such weaponry.

    'If our efforts, and the efforts of the world community, fail to convince Israel to shed its weapons of mass destruction and to prevent Iran from obtaining similar weapons, we must, as a duty to our country and people, look into all options we are given, including obtaining these weapons ourselves,' he told a conference in Riyadh on Monday.

    The remarks were covered in the Saudi press today.

    Prince Turki has previously argued for a nuclear-free Middle East, but is now also pushing the idea that the conservative Islamic kingdom might enter an atomic arms race if Iran, its bitterest regional rival, became a nuclear power.

    Few analysts believe Riyadh, the world's top oil exporter and a key ally for the United States, is likely to embark upon a weapons programme in defiance of U.S. calls for restraint. But Turki's remarks signal the extent of concern over non-Arab Iran's military ambitions among Arab Gulf countries.

    In his speeches, the prince has always repeated Saudi Arabia's official policy that the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme can only be solved through diplomacy and he has repeatedly warned against a military confrontation.

    However, Turki has been more outspoken in public than other leading Saudis against what Riyadh sees as Iranian expansionism in the Middle East. U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks showed the kingdom's leaders discreetly urging Washington to take stronger measures, including military action, against Iran.

    In June, a British newspaper quoted Turki as telling NATO officials that Saudi Arabia would have to develop nuclear weapons if Iran, its adversary in a confrontation that opposes Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim forces, succeeded in acquiring them.

    Iran, like Saudi Arabia a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), insists its nuclear programme is exclusively for generating electricity. It has suffered heavy sanctions from international powers demanding it halt activities that they believe are intended for military purposes.

    Israel, which has a policy of neither confirming nor denying that it has nuclear weapons, says it would not sign up to a ban until there were a comprehensive regional peace that included Iran, Saudi Arabia and others. That is a position effectively endorsed by Washington, Israel's most important ally.

    Saudi Arabia is estimated to spend as much as 10 percent of national income on its armed forces. It is also exploring the possibility of setting up its own nuclear power programme to reduce its consumption of oil, freeing up more crude for export.

    Read more: Saudi Arabia may need nuclear weapons to fend off threat from Iran and Israel, says prince | Mail Online
     
  2. TereBinLaden

    TereBinLaden Captain STAR MEMBER

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    And from where will they get those weapons???
     
  3. ManuSankar

    ManuSankar Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    From Pakistan maybe,So far they have done a great job in proliferating nuclear weapons.
     
  4. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    as usual ... u know who ... :wink:
     
  5. Manmohan Yadav

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    Great !!

    Another Nuke Freak in the making.
     
  6. SajeevJino

    SajeevJino Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    If they want Nuclear Arms...
    Treat like Iran
     
  7. Himanshu Pandey

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    they will get it from pakistan as I read news somewhere that saudi had a contract with pakistan that if they are threatened by nuclear weapons pakistan will give then nuke or retaliate with nuke and this is the single reason saudis are giving so much donation to pakistan. but are they able to handle nukes. they have best equipments available in export market and still their army is not considered good enough.
     
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    I wonder how US govt is going to deal with cognitive dissonance of helping to arm them to the teeth and then allowing them to develop nukes when Iran is allowed nothing and consistently kept in state of isolation and siege.

    KSA is far, far more regressive and Islamic than Iran.

    Iran cracked down on protests, KSA would not allow them in the first place.
     
  9. Alpha1

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    Quality and professionalism of Saudi armed forces Suck big time. Countless examples
     
  10. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    this is because of stupid arab supremacy theory
     
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    it will be done with the blessing of US only !!!
     
  12. Rock n Rolla

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    US shale oil boom is bad news for Saudi Arabia, IMO within 10 years Saudi Arabia will feel the impact of this. The arab supremacy theory will go down with it.
     
  13. Manmohan Yadav

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    Do you know that Saudi royal family members use Pakistani and Indian
    commandos for their personal safety as body guards
     
  14. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    :woot: That's a shame for Saudi Military.
     
  15. Marqueur

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    i didn't knew that Indian commandos also provide security to Saudi royal family !!!
     
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