Offbeat Saudis will seek nuclear weapon if Iran does: minister

09:06  10 may  2018
09:06  10 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Saudi Arabia's crown prince has announced his country's readiness to develop nuclear weapons in the event that Iran heads in that direction. His remarks do not deserve a response, " Iran 's foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by state TV.

The Iranian foreign minister said Saudi Arabia is “panicking” because Tehran is relieved from sanctions as reports say Riyadh might seek nuclear weapons . "Unfortunately, the Saudis have had the illusion that backed by their Western allies, they could push Iran out of the equation in the region."

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, seen here at an Arab League meeting in Cairo in November 2017, said Iran would © Provided by AFP Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, seen here at an Arab League meeting in Cairo in November 2017, said Iran would "do everything" to match any Iranian bid to acquire a nuclear weapon

Saudi Arabia will seek to develop its own nuclear weapons if Iran does, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN on Wednesday, amid spiraling tension between the regional rivals.

Asked whether Riyadh would "build a bomb itself" if Tehran seizes on Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 Iran deal to resume a nuclear weapons program, Jubeir said: "If Iran acquires nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same."

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Media captionSaudi prince: ‘We’ll enter nuclear arms race if Iran does ’. Saudi Arabia has warned that it will develop its own nuclear weapon if regional rival Iran acquires one. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is heir to the throne and also the Saudi defence minister , made the statement in an

Riyadh will seek to develop its own nukes if Tehran decides to renew its nuclear weapons program, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said. " If Iran acquires nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same," the minister said, as quoted by the CNN.

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia has long said it would match any Iranian weapons development, but Jubeir's renewed vow came after US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of an accord designed to prevent Tehran's alleged quest for the bomb.

And it came amid growing tension between the Sunni kingdom and the Shiite Islamic republic over Iran's support for the Huthi rebels in Yemen, who have been firing rockets across the border.

Riyadh, which leads a regional coalition that intervened in Yemen's civil war to fight the Huthis, accuses Iran of supplying the militia with ballistic missiles.

"These missiles are Iranian manufactured and delivered to the Huthis. Such behavior is unacceptable. It violates UN Resolutions with regards to ballistic missiles. And the Iranians must be held accountable for this," Jubeir told CNN.

"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 behavior such as this cannot continue. This amounts to a declaration of war."

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