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Pakistan Denies Existence of Nuclear Arms Agreement With Saudi Arabia - Ministry

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Nuclear weapons - Sputnik International
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.

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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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