Saudi Arabia supports a US nuclear deal with Iran as long as it ensures Tehran will “not now or ever gain” access to nuclear weapons, the top Saudi diplomat said Tuesday.
“We certainly support a deal with Iran, as long as that deal ensures that Iran will not now or ever gain access to nuclear weapons technology, so that’s the challenge. It’s not that we think Iran should forever be a pariah; we would very much welcome Iran as a productive part of the region,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan said during a webinar.
Prince Faisal also welcomed the “robust” engagement between Saudi Arabia and its US and European partners over the ongoing nuclear discussions in Vienna.
But for Iran to play a positive role in the region and its economy, Prince Faisal said Tehran would need to stop supporting militias.
“Most importantly, [it must give] up a nuclear program, which might be used for Iran to develop nuclear weapons,” Prince Faisal said during the Aspen Security Forum.