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Riyadh’s Nuclear Game


In light of Saudi Arabia’s disagreement with the EU/E3+3’s handling of the Iranian nuclear-weapons programme, there are concerns that the country may seek to develop nuclear-weapons capabilities of its own. 

At the end of last year, the BBC and The Guardian reported that Riyadh could be seeking to advance reported plans to obtain nuclear weapons from Pakistan. With King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia confirming to US diplomat Dennis Ross in 2012 that if Iran obtained nuclear weapons, his country would follow suit, this prospect has become a matter of growing concern for the West in 2014. In February, Sarfraz Khan, chairman of the Area Study Center at the University of Peshawar, stated

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