Global Security Newswire
Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues
Former Intel Head Says Saudi Arabia Might Seek Nukes
Saudi Arabia might look to develop nuclear weapons as a regional counterweight to Iran and Israel, Agence France-Presse quoted Riyadh's former top intelligence official as saying on Monday (see GSN, June 30).
"Our efforts and those of the world have failed to convince Israel to abandon its weapons of mass destruction, as well as Iran ... therefore it is our duty towards our nation and people to consider all possible options, including the possession of these weapons," Prince Turki al-Faisal said during a meeting in the Saudi capital.
"A (nuclear) disaster befalling one of us would affect us all," he added.
Israel is broadly assumed to possess a nuclear arsenal, though it holds to a longstanding policy of refusing to confirm that the weapons exist. There are also widespread suspicions that Iran is pursuing a nuclear-weapon capability, though the nation says its atomic program has no military component.
Saudi Arabia is presently establishing an atomic energy program that is due to produce 16 reactors over the coming 20 years (Agence France-Presse/Yahoo!News, Dec. 5).
Note to our Readers
GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.
Dec. 7, 2015
NTI Board Member Igor Ivanov calls for dialogue between Moscow and Washington and explains why the U.S. and Russia can't afford to wait until after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Dec. 3, 2015
NTI Co-Chairman Sam Nunn celebrates founding NTI Board member Bill Perry at the Washington, D.C. launch of his new book.
This article provides an overview of Saudi Arabia’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.