Saudi Arabia will Develop Nukes ‘If Iran Does’

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stands with Deputy Crown Price of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud before a bi-lateral meeting held at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Mar. 16, 2017. (DOD photo by Sgt. Amber I. Smith)
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stands with Deputy Crown Price of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud before a bi-lateral meeting held at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Mar. 16, 2017. (DOD photo by Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Mohamed Bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince has threatened if Iran heads towards developing nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia will walk towards that direction.

“Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible,” Bin Salman told CBS host O’Donnell.

Mohamed Bin Salman has been widely criticized for steps aggression Yemen which left thousands of people Yemeni citizens, mostly women, and children, dead.

He had to cut his tour to the United Kingdom short due to the mass protests in London against his actions in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has been alleging that it is Iranian expansion through proxy conflicts that led Yemen to its devastation.

Saudi Crown Prince told in an interview with CBS, “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”

When CBS’s O’Donnell said “I’ve seen that you called the Ayatollah Khamenei, “the new Hitler” of the Middle East,” Saudi Crown Prince, “Absolutely.”

Bin Salman said Ayatollah Khamenei “wants to expand. He wants to create his own project in the Middle East very much like Hitler who wanted to expand at the time.

“Many countries around the world and in Europe did not realize how dangerous Hitler was until what happened, happened. I don’t want to see the same events happening in the Middle East.”

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said in response to Saudi Crown Prince’s remarks: “He has no idea of politics apart from bitter talk that emanates from a lack of foresight… His remarks do not deserve a response.

“Iran respects all its neighbors… Tehran invites all regional countries, especially some ill-wishers and obstinate enemies, to dialogue and tolerance.”

Saudi Arabia and Iran have been longtime rivals in the Middle East fighting each other in many proxy wars and conflicts all across the region.

Saudi Arabia’s Bin Salman, however, said Iran is not good enough to be a rival to Saudi Arabia. “The Saudi economy is larger than the Iranian economy. Iran is far from being equal to Saudi Arabia,” he told CBS.


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