Saudi Arabia set to pursue nuclear weapons if Iran restarts program

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Recently, a Yemeni commander said entire Saudi Arabia, including its capital, are within the striking range of Yemen's homegrown missiles, warning the Al Saud regime that keeping the massacre of Yemenis would turn its vessels and oil facilities in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait into military targets.

"There is likely to be a feeling of jubilation in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi that the Trump administration - or at least the White House - has now come round to their thinking on Iran's threat to regional security". It identified the missiles fired as Burkan, or Volcano, missiles.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit stressed on Wednesday the need to review the Iran nuclear deal.

"These missiles are Iranian manufactured and delivered to the Houthis".

"What Trump has done is really open the door to the hardliners in Iran, and if they choose to develop nuclear weapons to return to that pathway... it's a very serious nuclear arms race in the Middle East", the expert stressed. The elite Iranian group has been known to work alongside Syrian, regional and Russian forces battling the rebels, and jihadis in trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but it denied any involvement in the attack.

Saudi authorities later claimed that its air defense systems had intercepted the missiles in the skies over the capital.

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Unsurprisingly, this is not the first time a Saudi official has talked about pursuing nuclear weapons program. Only Israel and Saudi Arabia expressed support for the United States president's stance.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at La Moncloa palace in Madrid on April 12.

"The kingdom supports and welcomes the steps announced by the U.S. president towards withdrawing from the nuclear deal. and reinstating economic sanctions against Iran", the foreign ministry said.

Israel has not had any formal diplomatic relations with Gulf Arab states since the country's formation in 1948, which resulted in the mass displacement of Palestinians and a series of wars between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Middle East analyst James Dorsey, a senior fellow at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, believes Iran will not compromise on its ballistic missile programme "because that is the core of their defence policy".

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