Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Saudi Arabia threatens Middle East nuclear arms race

Houthi Ansarullah fighter dressed in camouflage and aiming at a position of Saudi troops in southwestern Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia threatens Middle East nuclear arms race
Charlie Simmons | 16 March, 2018, 05:04

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is hiding his mother from King Salman, her husband, 14 current and former senior USA officials told NBC News.

Ryadh. Saudi Arabia has warned that it will develop its own nuclear weapon if regional rival Iran acquires one, BBC reported.

The next leader of Saudi Arabia says his country would quickly obtain a nuclear bomb if arch rival Iran successfully develops its own nuclear weapon.

Iran limited its nuclear programme under a 2015 deal with several world powers - but US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from it.

The Saudi government agreed on Tuesday to create a civilian nuclear program.

Aramco's gas strategy is part of the country's push to diversify its economy away from oil, a strategy known as "Vision 2030" championed by Prince Mohammed, amid a global drive to phase out the most polluting fossil fuels. In a power play, he ordered the arrests of more than 200 Saudi officials and businessmen, some of whom were reportedly tortured in the hotel they were kept, in what the kingdom called a crackdown on corruption.

According to the state news agency SPA, the policy includes limiting all nuclear activities to peaceful purposes, within the limits defined by worldwide treaties.

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A French judge has issued an worldwide arrest warrant for the daughter of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz in relation to an attack by her bodyguard against a worker in her Parisian flat, a source close to the investigation said.

"The countries of the world didn't realize how unsafe Hitler was until what happened", the crown prince said, referring to the outbreak of the World War II. "I don't want to see the same events happening in West Asia".

This too has been obvious for some time, if not in Hitleresque references.

The Sunni Muslim kingdom has been at loggerheads with revolutionary Shi'ite Iran for decades.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak meets Saudi Arabia's Minister of Interior, Prince Abdulaziz Saud Al-Saud, at the Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur March 15, 2018. Small wonder Salman wants to use a little hyperbole when it comes to Khameini, but the exaggeration isn't large.

Through his comments, MBS is essentially threatening to start a nuclear arms race in the Middle East - a risky possibility that the Iran Deal aims to prevent. This is why it was important to keep the pressure on Iran to keep it from nuclearization in the first place.

"These words are worthless ... because they come from a simple mind full of illusions who speaks only bitterness and lies", said Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.

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