In this file photo taken on March 7, 2018 Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman waving as he arrives for talks at 10 Downing Street, in central London. AFP / Tolga AKMEN
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Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if its archrival Iran does so, the kingdom's crown prince said in remarks released Thursday, raising the prospect of a nuclear arms race in a region already riven with conflict.Saudi Arabia has been at loggerheads with revolutionary Shiite Iran for decades.He downplayed Iran's power during the interview, saying that Iran was far from being a rival to Saudi Arabia.Israel has long argued that, should Iran develop nuclear weapons, it would trigger similar projects among Tehran's Arab rivals and further destabilize the region.Israel never joined the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has said it would consider inspections and controls under the NPT only if was at peace with its Arab neighbors and Iran.
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