Nukes are for defence, not for sale to anyone, Pakistan tells US
WASHINGTON (92 News) – Pakistan in a strong message to US has said that nuclear programme of Pakistan is for the country’s defence, not for sale to any country – including Saudi Arabia.
In meetings at the White House, Pentagon and State Department on Thursday, Federal Secretary for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary described the suggestions Pakistan could sell a weapon as “unfounded, baseless and untrue.”
“Pakistan’s nuclear program has nothing to do with any other country,” he told reporters. “This is a deterrence that we develop in response to a threat perception that we have from our east. That’s it.”
“Pakistan is not talking to Saudi Arabia on nuclear issues, period.”
Earlier, Gulf diplomats had suggested that Saudi Arabia and perhaps even the United Arab Emirates could buy a bomb from their staunch allies in Islamabad to safeguard against a nuclear Iran.