Saudi foreign minister: ‘All bets off’ if Iran gets nuclear weapon
The nuclear talks have stalled with Western powers accusing Iran of raising unreasonable demands and focus shifting to the Russia-Ukraine war as well as domestic unrest in Iran.
Published: DECEMBER 11, 2022 16:51
Updated: DECEMBER 11, 2022 18:06
SAUDI ARABIAN Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud listens as Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a news conference in Riyadh on March 10.
(photo credit: RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Sunday that Iran’s Gulf Arab neighbors would act to shore up their security if Tehran were to obtain nuclear weapons.
Indirect US-Iranian talks to salvage a 2015 nuclear pact between global powers and Iran, which Washington exited in 2018, stalled in September. The UN nuclear chief has voiced concern over a recent announcement by Tehran that it was boosting enrichment capacity.
“If Iran gets an operational nuclear weapon, all bets are off,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said in an on-stage interview at the World Policy Conference in Abu Dhabi when asked about such a scenario.