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The Department of Defense and the State Department are refusing to comment on the prospect that Pakistan may be in the process of providing a nuclear umbrella for Sunni Saudi Arabia in the event that Shiite Iran decides to build nuclear weapons, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Informed regional sources said that Sunni Pakistan was prepared to store nuclear weapons at Saudi bases not only for Saudi use but to protect them in the event of terrorist attacks inside Pakistan – even though the Pakistanis claim their nuclear weapons are well-protected.

For years, the Saudis and Pakistanis have had close relations in which Riyadh has helped finance the Taliban in Pakistan. Islamabad recently committed troops at Saudi request to Bahrain to preserve the Sunni monarchy there and to offer troops to protect the Saudi kingdom in the event of an attack from Iran.

G2Bulletin recently referred to the prospect of Pakistani nuclear weapons assistance to the Saudis. Sources did not rule out the possibility that Pakistan already may have begun to store some nuclear weapons in the Saudi kingdom.

In an effort to get a response to this prospect, G2Bulletin emailed Lt. Col. Elizabeth Robbins of the Defense Department, who did not want to comment but instead referred the inquiry to Brian George at the State Department. In spite of numerous emails to George for comment, he did not respond.

One U.S. intelligence official said that the issue is so sensitive that very few people are privy to the details.

The U.S. government’s refusal to comment comes on the heels of a closed briefing of senior military officials of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization by Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to Washington.

The prince conducted the recent briefing at RAF Molesworth, a British base north of London used by a joint U.S. command for intelligence monitoring and analysis on the Middle East.

Turki said that evidence of the existence of an Iranian nuclear weapon “would compel Saudi Arabia to pursue policies which could lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences.”

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