Saudi FM: Deal may deter Iran from getting nuke weapon

Saudi Arabia more optimistic about Iran’s nuclear deal, in hopes that Islamic Republic cannot obtain nuclear weapon

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel al Jubeir, expressed on Thursday that the Iran nuclear deal could stop Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, which is an outcome that happens to be in the favour of the Saudis.

"We are currently in talks with the American government regarding these details, but it [the deal] generally seems to have achieved these objectives," said Jubeir, mid-July.

"We welcome any agreement that would guarantee Iran's inability to obtain a nuclear weapon, and that contains an effective inspection mechanism, through which all sites would be inspected, including the military sites, as well as a mechanism to reinstate sanctions against Iran in the event that it violates such an agreement."

"These are the principles that we support," he added.

After long-lasting marathon talks, Iran and P5+ 1 countries, consisting of the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany agreed on a final nuclear deal on July 14 in Vienna.

The deal compels Iran to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for the removal of UN sanctions and arms embargo on the country.

Previously, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had a more skeptical approach regarding the US-led nuclear deal, however the US managed to reassure them.

Saudi Arabia is mostly concerned that freeing Iran of economic sanctions would strengthen its support to Shiite militia in Lebanon and Yemen, which the kingdom is in conflict with.

The Saudi kingdom has carried out air strikes targeting the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, which happen to be backed by Iran.

TRTWorld and agencies