Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 22 October 2020

Saudi Arabia: A nuclear deal with Iran must preserve non-proliferation

The agreement 'has to address Iran's destabilising behaviours and its sponsorship of terrorism', the kingdom said

Saudi Arabia says any nuclear deal with Iran must continue efforts to ensure the Middle East is free of weapons of mass destruction. AFP
Saudi Arabia says any nuclear deal with Iran must continue efforts to ensure the Middle East is free of weapons of mass destruction. AFP

Saudi Arabia said any nuclear deal with Iran had to preserve non-proliferation and continue efforts aimed at ensuring the Middle East was free of weapons of mass destruction, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

The agreement "has to address Iran's destabilising behaviours and its sponsorship of terrorism in the region to prevent it from any provocative actions in the future", the kingdom said in a statement issued after a Cabinet meeting.

In 2015, Iran signed a nuclear deal with world powers but the fate of the pact has been in doubt since US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

The US wants to use a provision in the agreement to trigger a return of all UN sanctions on Tehran if the Security Council does not extend an arms embargo on Iran indefinitely.

Updated: September 23, 2020 09:09 AM