The British daily ‘Guardian’ today quoted Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal as saying, that if Iran would be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia would do the same.
The prince, a former intelligence chief and ambassador to the US, said during a speech on the UK air force base RAF Molesworth last Tuesday, that if Iran obtains nuclear weapons his country “would pursue policies that could lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences”. Faisal added if “Iran develops a nuclear weapon, that will be unacceptable to us and we will have to follow suit.”
Although Iran claims that it’s nuclear program serves only peaceful purposes, many analysts believe that the development of nuclear arms is the ultimate goal. Earlier this week a top Iranian military officer said, that Iranian ballistic missiles would be able to reach Israel.
Both Saudi Arabia and Iran could be seen as direct competitors over strategic influence on the Arabian Peninsula and in the Persian Gulf. Saudi Arabia maintains by far the strongest armed forces on the peninsula, having only recently boosted it’s air force with procurement of 72 Eurofighter Typhoons multi-role combat aircraft. Last week information surfaced, that the Saudi Army will spend almost one billion Dollars worth in buying smart bombs and armoured vehicles from the US and wants to get night vision equipment for another 330 million Dollars..