Saudi Arabia says will develop nuclear bomb if Iran does

Saudi Arabia says will develop nuclear bomb if Iran does

Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if Iran does so, the kingdom’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman said in remarks released on Thursday.

"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," CBS cited the prince as saying.

The interview will air in full on March 18.

The Sunni Muslim kingdom has been at loggerheads with revolutionary Shi’ite Iran for decades. The countries have fought a long-running proxy war in the Middle East and beyond, backing rival sides in armed conflicts and political crises including in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

Prince Mohammed, who also serves as Saudi defense minister, said last year that the kingdom would make sure any future struggle between the two countries “is waged in Iran”.

Riyadh has criticized the 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which economic sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for the Islamic Republic curbing its nuclear energy program, Reuters recalls.

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