In a discussion with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman voiced his concerns about Iran’s potential nuclear capabilities. His message was clear: If Iran secures a nuclear weapon, Saudi Arabia would feel compelled to follow suit.
The Crown Prince told Baier:
“Well, we are concerned [about] any country getting a nuclear weapon. That’s a bad move,” Salman said. “You don’t need to get a nuclear weapon because you can’t use it even if you can get a nuclear weapon.”
“The world cannot see another Hiroshima. If the world sees 100,000 people dead, that means you are in a war with the rest of the world.”
When asked what his country would do if Iran was to acquire a nuclear weapon bin Salman responded, “If they get one, we have to get one.”
Fox News interview with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman: "If they (Iran) gets one (nuclear weapon), we have to get one." pic.twitter.com/QTldRk5zpw
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The Crown Prince’s comments come at a time of heightened tensions. Just a day earlier, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi set his terms for the U.S.: a verifiable commitment to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal that the Trump administration abandoned in 2018. Although attempts to revive the deal were initiated by the Biden administration last year, the efforts ultimately stalled, and the U.S. has shown no new inclination to reenter negotiations.