Saudi Arabia reveals nuclear ambitions amid fears of atomic ARMS RACE

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

Riyadh, which leads a regional coalition that intervened in Yemen's civil war to fight the Huthis, accuses Iran of supplying the militia with ballistic missiles.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister told CNN on Wednesday that his country stands ready to build nuclear weapons if Iran restarts its atomic weapons program.

"Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb [s], but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible", MBS told CBS in an interview.

In a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, the Sunni Muslim kingdom said it "supports and welcomes the steps announced by President Donald Trump regarding the United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal".

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that the country would do "everything we can" to build a nuclear bomb.

"The transaction did not concern the missile program of Iran or its support of terrorism", he said. Such behaviour is unacceptable. This amounts to a declaration of war'.

And he criticised the JCPOA for its narrow scope, insisting it should include curbs to Iran's continued meddling in conflicts in Syria and Yemen and measures to stop its ongoing ballistic missile programme.

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"We will find the right way and at the right time to respond to this", he warned.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, a Harvard-educated Iranian-American political scientist, said that the reimposition of sanctions on Iran would likely make it more challenging for Iran to "hemorrhage billions of dollars" on proxies like Hezbollah and the Houthis.

But minutes after he spoke, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran could resume uranium enrichment "without limit" if its interests are not assured by the remaining signatories.

"This was a awful, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made", Trump said.

An OPEC source familiar with Saudi Arabia's oil strategy said on Wednesday the kingdom is monitoring the impact of United States withdrawal from the Iran deal on oil supplies and is prepared to offset any potential shortage. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain praised the decision to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.

Middle East analyst James Dorsey, a senior fellow at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, believes Iran will not compromise on its ballistic missile programme "because that is the core of their defence policy".

The US Treasury Department said there will be "certain 90-day and 180-day wind-down periods" after which the anti-Iran sanctions will be in "full effect", including sanctions against Iran's oil sector.

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