Saudi threatens to build nuclear bomb if Iran does

Saudi Arabia has threatened to build a nuclear weapon if Iran pursued such a weapon of mass destruction, in the wake of a U.S. exit from a historic nuclear deal.

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir welcomed President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a landmark nuclear agreement still supported by China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K.

Trump joined Israel and Saudi Arabia in accusing the accord of being too lenient on Iran’s nuclear activities, ballistic missile development and support for militias across the Middle East.

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As Iran reconsiders its commitment to the deal that no longer protects it from U.S. sanctions, Jubeir said, “I believe that if Iran restarts its enrichment program beyond what it has right now that should trigger the snapback provision and cause all the other P5 [U.N. Security Council’s five permanent members] countries to abandon the deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran.”

When asked what Saudi Arabia will do, Jubeir said, “We will whatever it takes to protect our people, we have made it clear that if Iran acquires a nuclear capability, we will do everything we can to do the same.”

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Source Credit: Newsweek

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