Saudi Foreign Minister Insists If Iran Acquires Nuclear Capability, So Will Saudi Arabia

Julia Nista General Assignment Reporter
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Saudi Foreign Minster Adel al-Jubeir said Wednesday that if Iran advances its nuclear weapons program, Saudi Arabia will do the same.


“I believe if Iran restarts its enrichment program beyond what it has right now, that should trigger the provisions and cause all the other countries to abandon the deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran,” al-Jubeir stated.

CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked, “What will Saudi Arabia do?”

The Saudi foreign minister responded they will do “whatever it takes to protect our people. We have made it very clear, if Iran acquires nuclear capability, we will do everything we can to do the same.”

Blitzer asked for clarification: “You will acquire nuclear capability yourself?”

“That’s what we mean,” al-Jubeir confirmed  

He added that Saudi Arabia’s “message to the Iran leadership is the policies of the past have got to come to end.”

He stated that Iran must “cease providing ballistic missiles to terrorist organizations, like so-called Hezbollah and the Houthis.”

President Trump pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal on Tuesday, stating that the deal was “defective at its core.”

Leaders from UK, France and Germany released an immediate joint-statement emphasizing their commitment to the JCPOA, writing they “regret” the United States’ withdrawal from the negotiation. (Related: France, UK, And Germany Emphasize Their Commitment To Iran Deal In Joint Statement)

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