Iran clearly desires to have Nuclear weapons, so does North Korea. Possession of Nuclear Weapon deters an enemy on engaging a war. Why isn't Saudi Arabia which has the third largest Military Budget desire Nuclear Weapons?

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    I am not sure if it is a good question. Having a large budget doesn't mean nuclear weapons is sought after. This question also seems to be politically motivated. – Shantanu Hebbar Jan 13 '18 at 12:46
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    Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a huge budget crisis because of low oil prices, and has no economy to speak of outside of oil exports. Also, as a US lapdog\b\b\b\b\b\b ally it already has a de facto arsenal. – Denis de Bernardy Jan 13 '18 at 14:56
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    Additionally, Saudi Arabia has been a very strong financier of Pakistan's nuclear program. There have been recurring accusations that they've transferred know how and technology necessary for a weapons program. – janh Jan 13 '18 at 15:11
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    @janh why don't they develop one themselves? – azemda Jan 13 '18 at 16:27
  • I can only speculate, but co-financing somebody else's would be considerably cheaper, and not officially seeking nuclear weapons is politically more opportune when dealing with western countries. – janh Jan 13 '18 at 16:50

Good question.

Several reasons come in my mind:

  1. Saudis know that the USA won't tolerate any nuclear country in the proximity of Israel. Saddam and Gaddafi tried and fell victim of US rage. Iran is trying or tried in futility.

  2. Saudis are actually under US protection. Going nuclear will create trust deficit and will call the demise of monarchy which the house of sauds are scared of.

  3. Finally, it is speculated that Saudis financed Pakistani nuclear program and Pakistan is ready to ship nuclear weapon to Saudis at any moment and on demand.

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