Pakistan Denies Existence of Nuclear Arms Agreement With Saudi Arabia - Ministry
10:50 08.12.2016(updated 14:07 08.12.2016)
Pakistan does not have any agreements on nuclear cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Pakistani Deputy Foreign Minister Tasneem Aslam told Sputnik.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In May 2015, media reports emerged claiming that Saudi Arabia had made a move to purchase a weapon from Pakistan.
"There is no such agreement. Unfortunately most such reports emanate from New Delhi," Aslam said.
"We have always opposed nuclear proliferation. Before India conducted a nuclear test in 1974, Pakistan suggested declaring South Asia a nuclear-weapon-free zone. Following India's test, we were driven to engage in development of nuclear weapons," Aslam said.
Pakistani Deputy Foreign Minister then pointed out that Pakistan has not been able to discuss the introduction of a strategic deterrence regime with India: "At the same time, we are still offering India to introduce a strategic deterrence regime to prevent incidents and the use of nuclear weapons. We are nuclear states, and we need to act more responsibly. <…> Pakistan's offer still stands, but India refuses to discuss this issue."
Currently, a small number of countries possess nuclear weapons: the US, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan and North Korea.
The US, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China are the only countries recognized as nuclear-weapon states by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
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