Saudi may join nuclear arms race - official

2011-12-05 21:23

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia may consider acquiring nuclear weapons to match regional rivals Israel and Iran, its former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal said on Monday.

"Our efforts and those of the world have failed to convince Israel to abandon its weapons of mass destruction, as well as Iran... therefore it is our duty towards our nation and people to consider all possible options, including the possession of these weapons," Faisal told a security forum in Riyadh.

"A [nuclear] disaster befalling one of us would affect us all," said Faisal.

Israel is widely held to possess hundreds of nuclear missiles, which it neither confirms nor denies, while the West accuses Iran of seeking an atomic bomb, a charge the Islamic republic rejects.

Riyadh, which has repeatedly voiced fears about the nuclear threat posed by Shi'ite-dominated Iran and denounced Israel's atomic capacity, has stepped up efforts to develop its own nuclear power for "peaceful use".

Abdul Ghani Malibari, co-ordinator at the Saudi civil nuclear agency, said in June that Riyadh plans to build 16 civilian nuclear reactors in the next two decades at a cost of $80bn.

He said the Sunni kingdom would launch an international invitation to tender for the reactors to be used in power generation and desalination in the desert kingdom.

The United Nations has imposed successive packages of sanctions against Tehran over its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.

Those measures have been backed up by unilateral Western sanctions.

  • Emile - 2011-12-05 23:28

    In Nuclear war all men are cremated equally.

  • Fred - 2011-12-06 08:54

    Israel has never used an atomic bomb against any nation or country. Israel has had nuclear power for more than 40 years. Looks like Saudi Arabia is using the Israel card to deflect their real concern being that of a potentially nuclear powered Iran. Iran has threatened Israel with genocide, that is the real threat to regional stability.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2011-12-06 10:49

      Right on the money!

  • Jasmina - 2011-12-06 09:34

    its by time saudi realize what the jews are up to and they must also wake and see that america is runned by jews

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2011-12-06 10:56

      What are they up too?

  • Fred - 2011-12-06 11:34

    Looks like Jasmina has been reading Nazi Proganda for the arab world again. Another good reference:- The long, toxic afterlife of Nazi propaganda in the Arab world Between 1939 and 1945, shortwave radio transmitters near Berlin broadcast Nazi propaganda in many languages around the world, including Arabic throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and Persian programs in Iran. English-language transcripts of the Arabic broadcasts shed light on a particularly dark chapter in the globalization of pernicious ideas. The transcripts' significance, however, is not purely historical. Since September 11, 2001, scholars have debated the lineages, similarities, and differences between Nazi anti-Semitism and the anti-Semitism of Islamic extremists. These radio broadcasts suggest that Nazi Arabic-language propaganda helped introduce radical anti-Semitism into the Middle East, where it found common ground with anti-Jewish currents in Islam.

  • Haleh - 2011-12-09 01:59

    Saudi Arabia needs to import skill worker to do as little as installing toilet or simple plumbing repair. Now Prince Turki al-Faisal wants to make nuclear warheads. We must consider he had too many drinks!!!

  • Ask - 2011-12-17 12:47

    Oh no; not another one... there goes the neighbourhood... on the other hand, some balance of power may be a good idea... me thinks, however, that they should get the nuclear arms from Russia... US may sell them duds...

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