Saudi Arabia develops missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads

The Royal Saudi Strategic Missile Force showcases its recent purchase of Chinese Dongfeng DF-3A intermediate-range ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads during a parade at Hafr al-Batin military base, April 29, 2014. (© Armed Forces of Saudi Arabia)

The US government has obtained intelligence that Saudi Arabia has significantly escalated its ballistic missile program with the help of China.

The previously unreported classified intelligence indicates Saudi Arabia has expanded both its missile infrastructure and technology through recent purchases from China, CNN reports.

Satellite imagery, first reported by the Washington Post in January, suggested the Kingdom had constructed a ballistic missile factory. According to analysts, the images appear to match technology produced by China.
Satellite imagery captured on November 13, 2018 shows a suspected ballistic missile factory at a missile base in Al-Watah, Saudi Arabia. (© Planet Labs via AP)
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (© Bloomberg/Jeenah Moon)
In his interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes last March, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said: “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”



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