Saudi crown prince: 'If Tehran develops nukes, so will we'

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Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if Iran does the same, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi's defense chief and heir to the throne, said Thursday. He also explained why, in November, he called Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei "the new Hitler of the Middle East".

Legacy brands such as Subway and Dairy Queen have long had a presence in Saudi Arabia, and in recent years new entrants such as Wingstop, Wayback Burgers and Miami Grill have identified the country as one of opportunity for US franchises. He will meet the President of the USA President Donald Trump in the White House.

Adding, "Many countries around the world and in Europe did not realize how risky Hitler was until what happened, happened".

In an interview to CBS Television, U.S. Saudi Arabia's crown prince has explicitly stated that Riyadh will do its all to acquire nuclear weapons in the event that Tehran does so.

"These words are worthless. because they come from a simple mind full of illusions who speaks only bitterness and lies", said Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.

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The government of Saudi Arabia sees opportunity as well, launching a major initiative as part of its Kingdom 2030 Vision to support the growth and development of franchising.

Both the countries also have their conflict in issues relating to Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.

This is the first US television network interview since 2005 with a Saudi leader. Mike Pompeo, Trump's choice to be the new USA secretary of state, also takes a hawkish stance on Iran and is far less conciliatory than Rex Tillerson, his predecessor. The Saudi economy is larger than the Iranian economy.

Fears of a nuclear arms race between Iran and Saudi Arabia are growing once again as the Iran nuclear deal comes under increasing pressure and after Riyadh announced it was pursuing a civilian nuclear energy programme.

Iran now has uranium enrichment capabilities, but they have been curbed under the nuclear deal, which requires it to restrict its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. This process can be used in the production of atomic weapons.

The spokesman said Iran respects its neighbours and other countries and nations across the world regardless of their area, military and economic power and even their national or global credit.


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