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Saudi Arabia Minister Refuses To Answer Questions About Acquiring Nukes From Pakistan

| by Jimmy King
Foreign Minister Adel Al-JubeirForeign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir declined to say whether the country is pursuing the purchase of nuclear weapons from Pakistan.

“I am not going to get into details of discussions we have with foreign governments, and certainly not allied governments,” Al-Jubeir said, according to NDTV.

“I would not discuss these things in a public forum, certainly not on television,” he told CNN.

Al-Jubeir did offer comments regarding the general relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

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“I discussed the bilateral relationship with Pakistan, which is a strategic one,” he said. "We discussed the regional situation. We discussed ways to promote security and stability in the region. We discussed the negative and aggressive Iranian interference and the affairs of the region.”

Al-Jubeir’s refusal to speak about the alleged purchase of nuclear weapons comes amid pressure from Washington not to do so.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to refrain from exchanging nuclear weapons, saying “all kinds of NPT consequences” would result from an exchange of warheads. 

Saudi Arabia was firm in iterating that its interests were limited to national security and sovereignty.

“Saudi Arabia is committed to two things ... our faith and our security,” Al-Jubeir said. "Saudi Arabia will do whatever it takes to protect our nation and our people from any harm. And I will leave it at that."

The alleged nuclear transaction comes after Pakistan reportedly threatened Iran should it decide to attack Saudi Arabia. 

Sources: NDTV, The Asian Age / Photo Credit: NDTV