U.S. authorities, according to CNN TV channel, received data of investigation that Saudi Arabia could accelerate considerably development of the program for development of ballistic missiles by means of China. The TV channel made such statement on Wednesday, referring to three sources allegedly familiar with a situation, Trend with reference to TASS tells.
According to TV channel, recently Riyadh could make several purchases from China thanks to what it allegedly expanded the rocket infrastructure and improved technologies. CNN claims that the administration of U.S. President of Donald Trump knew about activization of the ballistic missile program of Saudi Arabia, however did not report on it to Congressmen, than caused discontent representatives of Democratic party.
The TV channel emphasizes that the U.S. intelligence could not establish the exact purposes of Riyadh. At the same time, according to sources of CNN, such actions from the kingdom can mean its aspiration to find in the future a nuclear warhead. Inconfirmation of the position the TV channel provides the statement of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Muhammad bin Salman Al Saod who in 2018 said that “in case Iran develops a nuclear bomb [Riyadh] as soon as possible will follow its example”.
At the same time State Department Spokespersons in response to inquiry of CNN reminded that Saudi Arabia remains the participant of the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty (NNPT). According to them, Riyadh remains committed to theobligation not to buy nuclear weapon, and U.S. authorities the purpose consider to achieve that “in the Middle East there were no weapons of mass destruction and systems for its delivery”.