Saudis to Seek Nuclear Weapon If Iran Resumes Its Nuclear Program – FM
The US decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as Iran nuclear deal, has sparkled uncerainty over the reached nuclear arrangements and Tehran’s further actions.
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.
Riyadh’s statement comes after Iran, earlier in the day, revealed that it had devised a plan to respond to the US exit from the deal, though without specifying the details. US President Donald Trump, in his turn, warned Iran of “very severe consequences” in case Tehran restarts its nuclear program.
In the wake of Trump’s announcement that he was pulling out Washington from the 2015 nuclear agreement, Saudi Arabia welcomed this step, adding that it would follow the US and would also reinstate anti-Iranian sanctions.