Getting nukes would be “a bad move,” but Riyadh might have no other choice, Mohammed bin Salman says
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman © AFP / Saudi Press Agency
If Iran were to obtain nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia would be forced to do the same, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said in an interview with Fox News, extracts of which were published on Wednesday.
“Any country getting a nuclear weapon – that’s a bad move,” the Crown Prince, widely referred to as MBS, replied when was asked how Riyadh would respond if Tehran became a nuclear power.
“Even if Iran gets a nuclear weapon… any country using a nuclear weapon, that means they’re having a war with the rest of the world,” he said.
Global powers will come up with a joint response because “the world can’t see another Hiroshima. If the world sees 100,000 people dead – you are in a war with the rest of the world,” the Crown Prince explained.
The Saudi royal was referring to the atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US in August 1945. The two incidents, carried out in the space of four days, remain the only use of nuclear weapons in a conflict.