Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has confirmed that his country received nuclear technology from Pakistan. The assertion, made in an interview published on Thursday, undermines Islamabad’s long-standing claims that its supply of technology and material to Iran, Libya and North Korea was the work of a rogue network run by the country’s former nuclear czar, Abdul Qadeeer Khan. In an interview published by website Iran’s Nuclear Hope, Rafsanjani says “Abdul Qadeer Khan believed that the Islamic world had to have a nuclear bomb… The Pakistanis agreed to help us somewhat”.I might be making too much out of nothing, but its obvious (at least to me) that Iran probably already has nuclear weapons.
“We were at war, and we wanted to have such an option for the day our enemies wanted to use nuclear weapons. This was our state of mind,” said the former Iranian president. The AQ Khan network is suspected to have supplied Iran with designs for its P1-type aluminium-rotor centrifuges, during a visit the scientist made to its Bushehr nuclear facility in 1986, Later, in between 1994 and 1996, Iran received components for 500 centrifuges, a deal that was followed up with designs for the more advanced P2 centrifuges, which began operating from 2002. Iran admitted to International Atomic Energy Agency investigators that it had met thirteen times with what it described as “the clandestine supply network” between 1994 and 1999.
If Iran has a nuclear weapon...and everything I've read from open source materials indicates that they do....then the next question should be why haven't we seen more activity from Saudi Arabia to protect themselves from this threat?
And no, I'm not talking about defensive measures...I'm talking about obtaining a nuclear weapon themselves.
N. Korea is hurting for money and they've already built nuclear weapons. So has Pakistan. Is it beyond belief that Saudi Arabia doesn't need to develop weapons....it just goes to poor nations and buys them?
What if we've seen a failure of foreign policy that spans the from Carter until today? What if we're living in a world where Saudi Arabia...a regime that is teetering on the brink of revolution... has nukes? What if all the talk about preventing Iran from getting nukes is deception and the nuke deal is to integrate them into the "community of nations" so that its hoped they won't use them?
I'm not sure about any of this...but it doesn't look good.