US Warns Saudi on Nuke Trade with Pakistan


US State Secretary John Kerry has warned Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in strong terms against engaging in nuclear weapon trade. He said there will be all kind of NPT consequences if Saudi went ahead with any such plan. The statement follows media reports which cited Saudi’s plan to buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan.

When asked of the Saudis not ruling out the possibility of going forward and buy some nuclear bomb from Pakistan, and given their concern about the nuclear deal with Iran, Mr. Kerry replied by saying that, “Sure we’ve heard those things. But you can’t just buy a bomb and transfer (a nuclear bomb).”
He also added that “Saudi Arabia knows, I believe, that that is not going to make them safer, nor is it going to be easy because the very things that Iran went through, they would then be subject to with respect to inspection, NPT and so forth.”

Pakistan is already under the radar of the international community for its previous nuclear proliferation activities and leaking the nuclear weapons technology to countries like Iran, Libya and North Korea. Top Pakistani leaders have in recent weeks warned Iran of serious consequences if it attacked Saudi Arabia, which many analysts see a nuclear threat from Islamabad to Tehran.