Saudi Crown Prince Says ‘We’ll Follow Suit’ If Iran Gets Nuclear Bomb

Will Racke – March 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia will work to build its own nuclear weapons if Iran acquires them, according to the kingdom’s heir apparent.

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, popularly known as MBS, says his country would have no choice but to match Tehran’s nuclear capability.

“Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible,” MBS told CBS in an interview that will air on Sunday.

MBS’ interview, his first for American television, comes in advance of his much-hyped visit to Washington, D.C., next week. The crown prince has sought to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s already deep ties to Washington by backing the Trump administration’s hawkish approach to Iran, the kingdom’s historical Mideast rival.