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MBS To Fox: Saudi Arabia Will Get Nuclear Arms If Iran Does

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) said in an exclusive Fox News interview published Wednesday that Saudi Arabia will obtain a nuclear weapon if its number one regional rival does so first.

"If they get one, we have to get one," MbS told Fox's 'Special Report' anchor Bret Baier when asked what the kingdom would do if Iran builds a nuclear weapon.

It marks Riyadh's clearest warning to date related to Iran's alleged nuclear aspirations (though Tehran has long maintained its nuclear program is solely for peaceful nuclear energy purposes). 

The blunt statements regarding Saudi Arabia's intentions to go nuclear if the Islamic Republic does were set against a broader discussion about potentially achieving full peace and diplomatic relations with Israel on the basis of the Abraham Accords. 

"Every day we get closer," the crown prince said when asked about the recent expanding ties with Israel, which has lately included opening up airspace to Israeli flights for the first time, and exchanging official delegations.

Interestingly, Israel itself is already the region's sole nuclear-armed power, but has never confirmed this openly. MbS' comments on going nuclear reflect the general thinking that Tehran achieving a nuke would set off a broader nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

Despite the tough words of warning from the crown prince, China this summer brokered a detente between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which Beijing hopes will drive a "wave of reconciliation" in the region, particularly along the historic Shia-Sunni religious divide.

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As for the potential of full diplomatic relations with Israel, it's been widely reported that Riyadh is asking Washington to allow it to have a nuclear energy program, which would see the Saudis enrich uranium, just like the Iranians currently do.

By Zerohedge.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on September 21 2023 said:
    While Iran has long maintained its nuclear programme is solely for peaceful nuclear energy purposes, there are definite indications that it is seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. Otherwise, why develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads and building up stocks of highly enriched uranium and possibly weapon-grade uranium ones as well? If threatened, Iran could be able to assemble a nuclear warhead easily.

    There is no power on earth that could prevent a determined Iran becoming a nuclear power except by destroying all its nuclear installations by a nuclear attack by Israel and the United States. This is unthinkable particularly when looked upon from the angle that that Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea have defied the global community and acquired nuclear weapons without anybody attacking them. The fact that Israel didn’t declare itself as a nuclear power doesn’t wash when it is reported to have more than 150 nuclear warheads

    Were Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia will ensure that it gets them in one way or another. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) made this absolutely clear in his interview.

    On the issue of establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, MBS made his position absolutely clear in a meeting on the 7th of June in Jeddah with the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken when he was asked why Saudi Arabia isn’t normalizing its relations with Israel.

    He bluntly replied with two crucial points. The first is that King Salman bin Abdulaziz still opposes an agreement with Tel Aviv.

    The second is that Saudi Arabia remains committed to the Saudi-proposed Arab Peace Initiative (the 2001 Beirut Summit Initiative), which is to grant the Palestinians an independent State in exchange for a comprehensive peace. Rather seeing the plan as a way to lasting peace, the Israeli government is approving more settlement projects, compounding the obstacles to any future solution. Therefore, from MbS’ perspective, Saudi Arabia has yet to see a reason to abandon its own Arab peace initiative.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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