Saudia Arabia Just Threatened To ‘Do Everything We Can’ To Build Nuclear Weapons If Iran Does
Just a day after Donald Trump decided to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, Saudi Arabia said that they would do anything they can to obtain nuclear weapons if their regional rival Iran does the same.
According to the Agence France-Presse, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir claimed that his country would do “everything we can” to build a nuclear bomb in that situation.
Back in March Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told “60 Minutes” that Saudi Arabia “does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb,” but added that “if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”
Trump chose to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, claiming that it “was a horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.”
Trump’s decision was criticized by U.S. allies but pledged to keep the deal intact and honor its terms.
Leaders who criticized Trump’s decision include French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel who said they would reach out to the parties involved in the agreement “to seek a positive way forward.”
But Trump’s damage is already done. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggested Iran could ramp up its nuclear program now that Trump withdrew from the accord.
Even members of Iranian parliament were burning a U.S. flag and chanting “death to America.” Some lawmakers also said Iran is no longer obligated to honor the deal.