Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Saudi crown prince says will develop nuclear bomb if Iran does

Saudi crown prince says will develop nuclear bomb if Iran does

In an interview to CBS, he said, "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".

Although meant to reduce Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil, analysts warn the capacity to produce atomic energy could open a pathway to nuclear development for military purposes.

Below is a preview of O'Donnell's conversation with the crown prince, and above is a clip in which Mohammed explains why, in his view, Iran's supreme leader is behaving like Adolf Hitler during the rise of Nazi Germany.

A 2015 nuclear agreement has placed curbs on Iran's nuclear program, but Trump has expressed a desire to scrap it, making its future uncertain.

The policy also requires best exploitation of local natural resources and full application of global standards in radiation waste management.

"Iran is far from being equal to Saudi Arabia", he said, speaking through a translator.

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The policy announcement comes ahead of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to the United States on March 19-22, which is likely to see efforts to reach a civilian nuclear cooperation accord with Washington.

Iran also signed the non-proliferation treaty, and has long insisted its nuclear programmes are for peaceful purposes only.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a ceremony marking the beginning of new Iranian academic year at the Tehran University, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

The United States, South Korea, Russia, France and China are bidding on a multi-billion dollar tender to build Saudi Arabia's first two nuclear reactors. Its army is not among the top five armies in the Muslim world.

Media captionWill Saudi Arabia go to war with Iran?

The new policy would limit all nuclear activity to peaceful purposes in line with worldwide law, a statement from the cabinet carried on the Saudi state news agency said.

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