Saudis Will Pursue Nuclear Weapons If Iran Does

Sen. John McCain

Sen. John McCain

The sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, will be arrested under suspicion of ordering her bodyguard to beat up a worker at her Paris apartment.

Riyadh has criticized the 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which economic sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for the Islamic Republic curbing its nuclear energy program.

Excerpts from the interview, which will air in full on CBS on Sunday, came as the Trump administration threatens to end the Iran nuclear deal, which could leave Tehran free to advance its development of atomic weapons.

A French judge has issued an global arrest warrant for the daughter of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz in relation to an attack by her bodyguard against a worker in her Parisian flat, a source close to the investigation said.

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He was then asked whether Saudi Arabia sought nuclear weapons to counter Iran.

When asked about his previous comments comparing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, to Hitler, he replied, "Absolutely". "I don't want to see the same events happening in the Middle East".

Trump, however, has repeatedly signalled his support for Saudi Arabia, visiting Riyadh in May 2017 on his first foreign trip as the United States leader.

In 2013, Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, told a conference in Sweden that if Iran got the bomb, "the Saudis will not wait one month".

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But even in the United States, the kingdom's new nuclear energy push has raised worries that, as in Iran, it could potentially underpin a weapons programme.

The deal restricted uranium enrichment, plutonium production, and allowed for increased inspections. But his successor, Donald Trump, has called the deal "the worst ever". But his new replacement Mike Pompeo has long shared the president's view that the agreement should be scrapped.

In January, Mr Trump extended sanctions relief on Iran for what he said would be the last time.

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