If Iran gets nuclear bomb, Saudi Arabia will follow: crown prince

16 March, 2018, 05:08 | Author: Bert Pena
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The Kingdom's next leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said in an interview with CBS that his nation does not necessarily want to acquire nuclear weapons.

Princess Hassa bint Salman is the sister of the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and is wanted for questioning related to armed violence, kidnapping, theft and death threats that a member of her security team is accused of, the source 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.

The Crown Prince also noted that the Saudi economy is larger than that of Iran.

Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme as part of a landmark deal reached with world powers in 2015.

Iran is not a rival to Saudi Arabia.

MBS has kept his parents apart for over two years, according to 14 current and former senior USA officials who spoke to NBC News citing several years of intelligence analysis.The crown prince has come up with a range of excuses to explain his mother's whereabouts and avoid arousing his father's suspicion, including that she is overseas for medical treatment.

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For the full interview, tune in to "60 Minutes" on Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Mohammed bin Salman said the Saudis "do not want" nukes but would be forced to develop them should their Shia counterparts acquire them.

Israel has long argued that, should Iran develop nuclear weapons, it would trigger similar projects among the Persian power's Arab rivals and further destabilise the region.

His son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner took the lead in building a relationship with Prince Mohammed, reportedly supporting his political offensive against Qatar - which the US Defense Department opposed.

O'DONNELL: Does Saudi Arabia need nuclear weapons to counter Iran?

Prince Mohammed's visit comes less than two months before Trump must decide whether to continue sticking with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which removed sanctions on Iran in exchange for its pledge to halt its push toward developing nuclear weapons capability.

Trump has repeatedly condemned the JCPOA, and his sacking Tuesday of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson removed one of the deal's main defenders within the administration.


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