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12 novembro, 2013
Saudi Arabia’s response to a nuclear
armed Iran could be….a nuclear armed Saudi Arabia.
Fact or fiction?
Well, neither, but definitely a
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan: nuclear smuggling across the Gulf of Oman?
1- Saudi Arabia is dead worried with the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran.
2- Saudi Arabia deeply worried by the imminent US-Iran rapprochement on
top of Iran’s nuclear quest.
3- Saudi Arabia has threatened to go nuclear if Iran does.
4- Saudi Arabia is many years away from developing her own nukes.
5- Saudi Arabia has long been an ally of Pakistan, offering economic and
military aid. Besides that, Riyadh has financed the R&D and execution of
Pakistan’s own nuclear programme.
6- Saudi Arabia has bought nuclear capable CSS-2 ballistic missiles* from China in 1988.
7- Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have obviously denied any nuclear trade-off.
8-Saudi Arabia has recently shown
determination to drift away from Washington’s line when she perceives her
national interests are jeopardized. Shunning the UN Security Council seat
was one such instance. Supporting the post-Morsi regime in Egypt and stepping
in to compensate Cairo for lost US and IMF funding is another case in point.
9- Saudi Arabia’s support of Egypt sends a message of reassurance to
Pakistan: in case Islamabad delivers
nuclear warheads to the KSA, Riyadh will not let the Pakistanis down and will
forward the necessary economic, energetic and military support.
1-Saudi Arabia’s support of
Pakistan’s nuclear programme included a quid pro quo that would entail
Islamabad keeping a number of nuclear warheads on standby for prompt delivery
when and if Riyadh so requests.
2- Pakistan has recently delivered Shaheen** mobile ballistic missiles, which would be a more expedient way to make
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) nuclear.
3- Saudi Arabia has completed a new base for the CSS-2 with the launching
vectors aiming in the direction of Iran and Israel.
1-IF the US-Iran rapprochement
becomes real and sideline the Gulf States.
2-IF the P5+1***-Iran agreement does not seriously curtail every Iranian path to
3-IF the Pakistan-Saudi Arabia
agreement does exist.
4-IF there is a mutual will to
Then a nuclear Saudi Arabia will no
longer be an if. Altough this is a
long shot, but I have seen iffier ifs
* The CSS-2 belongs to the Dongfeng (DF) missile series, which is a
Chinese variation of a Soviet 1950’s design. The DF-3, or CSS-2, is an IRBM (Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile
with a 3000 km range. The Saudis are believed to have bought anywhere from
30 to 120 missiles and 9 to 12 launchers.