Saudi Prince: Riyadh to Build Nuclear Arms If Iran Gets Them

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Prince Turki al-Faisal, a senior Saudi diplomat and member of the royal family, has warned of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if Iran develops nuclear weapons. During unpublicized talks at RAF Molesworth in Cambridgeshire, the airbase used by NATO, al-Faisal made it clear that the presence of such weapons “would compel Saudi Arabia … to pursue policies which could lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences”. Although he didn’t say clearly what those policies would be, a senior Saudi official claimed the message was clear: “We cannot live in a situation where Iran has nuclear weapons and we don’t.”

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