Laura Smith-Spark and Khushbu Shah, CNN: Is Saudi Arabia seeking nuclear weapons from Pakistan?

(CNN) A Saudi defense official on Tuesday dismissed as "speculation" a media report that Saudi Arabia is seeking to acquire nuclear weapons from Pakistan amid growing fears of a nuclear-armed Iran.

The Sunday Times of London reported that the Saudis had "taken the 'strategic decision' to acquire 'off-the-shelf' atomic weapons from Pakistan," citing unnamed senior American officials.

Contacted about the report by CNN, a Saudi Defense Ministry official said: "I don't understand what the story is. This has been in the news for 18 years and will continue to be for the next 15 years."

The official added, "The ministry does not comment on rumors and speculation."

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 19, 2015

Obama Achieves the Impossible: He’s United Israel and Saudi Arabia -- Kalman Sporn, Observer

Why did the Iraqi army flee another city in the face of ISIS? -- Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar, Rudaw

The fall of Ramadi exposes Obama’s weak Islamic State strategy -- Washington Post editorial

Is It Time to Change the Strategy Against ISIS? -- Chas Danner, NYMag

Ramadi's Fall, Obama's Strategy, Iraq's Future -- Bloomberg editorial

Administration in Fantasyland on impact of the fall of Ramadi -- Rick Moran, American Thinker

United State of Denial: White House Pulls Together Post-Ramadi Spin -- Bridget Johnson, PJ Media

Is Bashar Al-Assad on his way out? Coalition of rebel groups slowly weakening Syrian dictator, analysts say -- Linda Gradstein, The Media Line/National post

Interview with Iranian Foreign Minister: 'We Will Have Differences with US No Matter What' -- Spiegel Online

Caught in the Middle: India, China, and Tibet -- Ellen Bork, World Affairs

The Worrying Rise of Anti-China Discourse in the US -- Dingding Chen, The Diplomat

As Russian bear stirs, Finland reconsiders its neutrality -- Fred Weir, CSM

An Unusual Friendship: Bikers and the Kremlin -- Mark Galeotti, Moscow Times

Why Cubans are still fleeing to America -- The Economist

The Truth About Benghazi Slowly Emerges -- John Hinderaker, Power Line

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Was Filled With CIA Lies -- Shane Harris, Daily Beast

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