|Friday, January 25,|
The Washington Post published images taken by a satellite of Saudi facilities, experts suggested that these images of a factory to produce ballistic missiles.
According to the paper, weapons experts and photo analysts believe that if these weights are indeed true, this raises questions about the kingdom's military ambitions, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman .
If the plant, located in Al Watiya, west of the capital , Riyadh , is already dedicated to producing Saudi ballistic missiles, it would fuel fears of an arms race with its regional rival, Iran.
The Washington Post denied that Saudi Arabia currently possesses nuclear weapons, noting that a missile manufacturing facility would be crucial to any Saudi nuclear weapons program later, because ballistic missiles would carry nuclear warheads.
"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can not produce long-range missiles and acquire nuclear weapons," said Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear weapons expert at the Middlebury Institute, who discovered the plant during its analysis of satellite images. "We may underestimate their will and ability, .
The pictures do not show whether the facility is complete and capable of making rockets. The Washington Post says the facility was first unveiled in 2013 when King Salman was defense minister, and the work seems to have stopped. That highlights Saudi Arabia's intention to make its missiles after years of trying to buy them.