Riyadh will seek to develop its own nukes if Tehran decides to renew its “nuclear weapons program”, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.
“If Iran acquires nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same,” the minister said, as quoted by the CNN.
Riyadh’s statement comes after Iran, earlier in the day, revealed that it had devised a plan to respond to the US exit from the deal, without specifying the details. US President Donald Trump, in his turn, warned Iran of “very severe consequences” in case Tehran restarts its “military nuclear program”.
Late Tuesday, Trump officially announced that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and threatened harsh economic sanctions against the country.
During the speech, the US head of state took aim at Iran’s defensive missile program as well as its role in the regional fight against terrorists besides the country’s civilian nuclear program.