Saudi Minister: Don't Give Iran Deals it Doesn't Deserve

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister warns against looming nuclear deal between Iran and West.

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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, said on Monday that Iran should not be given “deals it does not deserve,” in reference to the looming nuclear agreement between Tehran and the major powers, Al Arabiya reports.

Prince al-Faisal made the statement during a joint press conference with visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in Riyadh, the report said.

He warned that Iran was conducting “aggressive policies, and interfering in the countries of the region and [seeking to] acquire a nuclear weapon that threatens regional and international security.”

“It is impossible to give Iran deals it does not deserve,” Prince al-Faisal said, according to Al Arabiya.

Saudi Arabia, as well as other Arab countries, have expressed concerns over the impending deal with Iran and the West.

The major Sunni states, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, recently warned that a final agreement could allow Shiite-dominated Iran, their regional rival, to keep the technologies needed to produce nuclear weapons, according to these officials, while removing many of the sanctions that have crippled its economy in recent years.

The concern in Saudi Arabia over the nuclear deal with rival Iran is so great that a columnist in a Saudi-controlled government newspaper recently expressed support for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s warnings against a deal with Iran.

The similar position of Israel and Saudi Arabia has been used by Iranian media to claim that the two countries are working together against Iran’s nuclear program.