Saudi Foreign Minister: If Iran Gets a Nuclear Weapon - All Bets Are Off
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, said on Sunday, December 11, that Iran's Gulf Arab neighbors would act to shore up their security if Tehran were to obtain nuclear weapons, British media reported.
"If Iran gets an operational nuclear weapon, all bets are off," Prince Faisal said in an on-stage interview at the World Policy Conference in Abu Dhabi when asked about such a scenario.
"We are in a very dangerous space in the region...you can expect that regional states will certainly look towards how they can ensure their own security," he added.
"The signs right now are not very positive unfortunately," Prince Faisal said, adding, "We hear from the Iranians that they have no interest in a nuclear weapons program, it would be very comforting to be able to believe that. We need more assurance on that level."
Saudi Arabia, which is Iran’s regional foe, has long spoken out against the Islamic Republic’s attempts to acquire nuclear weapons. During the negotiations between Iran and world powers on the 2015 nuclear deal, Saudi Arabia and other major Sunni states expressed concern over a deal which would allow Iran to produce nuclear weapons – a position which placed them very close to Israel’s position on the matter. (INN / VFI News)