Saudi Arabia reiterates vow to pursue nuclear weapons if Iran does

16 May, 2018, 11:07 | Author: Wade Massey
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Apart from praising the withdrawal, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that the country would do "everything we (Saudi Arabia) can" to build a nuclear bomb if Iran does the same, The Hill noted.

Praising the USA for abandoning the Iran nuclear deal, the Saudi foreign minister has threatened that the kingdom will make nuclear bombs if the Islamic Republic moves to develop an atomic weapons program.

While Trump's decision has pleased allies in Israel and Persian Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, it pits the U.S. against its closest European allies, leaves the future of Tehran's nuclear ambitions in question and raises the prospects of a regional arms race.

Iran, itself a victim of weapons of mass destruction, says it has had no nuclear weapons program and is not in pursuit of such arms. He further added that it is unacceptable for them and also violates the United Nations Resolution about ballistic missiles.

"I believe if Iran restarts its enrichment program beyond what it has right now, that should trigger the provisions and cause all the other countries to abandon the deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran", al-Jubeir stated.

'We will find the right way and at the right time to respond to this, ' he warned. "We are trying to avoid at all costs direct military action with Iran, but Iran's behaviour such as this can not continue". Since the conservative Sunni kingdom maintains Tehran is backing the militia in Yemen, the Saudi official said the strikes amounted to a "declaration of war".

In March, Saudi Arabia's crown prince said if Iran gets a nuclear weapon, the kingdom would be compelled to follow suit.

Saudi FM: Riyadh Will Develop Nuclear Arms if Iran Does

"This was a terrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made", Trump said.

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of supporting Huthis militants in Yemen.

His comments came shortly after Houthi rebels fired two ballistic missiles toward Riyadh. Saudi Arabia cut formal ties with Iran in early 2016 when Iranian protestors attacked Riyadh's embassy in Tehran, in response to the execution of a popular Shiite Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia.

Mr Trump has signalled he could be open to negotiating a new deal which also addressed Iran's aggressive foreign policy and missile programmes.

Similar to Saudi Arabia, Israel has repeatedly accused Iran of continuing to hide and expand what it calls nuclear weapons program.

The US Treasury Department said there will be "certain 90-day and 180-day wind-down periods" after which the anti-Iran sanctions will be in "full effect", including sanctions against Iran's oil sector.

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