Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has said that the country will follow suit as soon as possible if Iran develops a nuclear weapon.
“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,” Prince Mohammed bin Salman told CBS in an interview.
Last week, the Arab Ministerial Quartet Committee, comprising Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, issued a statement after an Arab League meeting in Cairo, condemning Iran’s continued development of its ballistic missile program and expressing concerns over what it described as Tehran’s lack of seriousness in complying with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran, in its turn, dismissed the statement as “completely worthless,” adding that the Quartet “should know that Iranophobia has become a failed policy.”
The two major Middle Eastern powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have deep disagreements on a number of regional issues, including conflicts in Syria and Yemen. In 2016, Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran following protests in front of its diplomatic premises in Tehran.
Recently, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani named two conditions for a thaw between the two countries, saying that Riyadh should “stop the misguided friendship with Israel and the inhuman bombardment of Yemen.”