Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia sent a letter to the Washington Post in which he wrote that President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is worse than the nuclear pact former President Bill Clinton made with North Korea. Prince Bandar Bin Sultan was Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States from 1981 to 2005.
His devastating critique of Obama’s policy toward Iran must be regarded as the official Saudi reaction to the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers. Until now, the Saudi rulers have been very careful not to openly criticize the deal. King Salman has remained silent since the announcement of the agreement, and the only official reaction came from an unidentified Saudi official who told CNN that the deal was a “monumental historical miscalculation.”
President Obama discussed the nuclear agreement with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Friday. The White House later claimed that the Saudi FM had welcomed the agreement with Iran.
Prince Bandar wrote in his letter that he does not agree with the pundits who are saying “Obama’s deal with Iran stirs a déjà vu of President Clinton’s 1994 nuclear agreement with North Korea.”
“President Clinton made his decision based on a strategic foreign policy analysis, top-secret intelligence and a desire to save the people of North Korea from starvation induced by its leadership,” Prince Bandar wrote.
“It turned out that the strategic foreign policy analysis was wrong. If Mr. Clinton had known about the major intelligence failure, he would have made a different decision.” Mr. Obama made his decision on the Iran nuclear deal aware that the strategic foreign policy analysis, the national intelligence information and intelligence from U.S. allies in the region predict a worse outcome than in North Korea — and Iran will have access to billions of dollars.
This deal will wreak havoc in the Middle East, which is already a disastrous environment. Iran is a major player in the destabilization of the region. Why would Mr. Obama go ahead with such a deal with Iran? It is definitely not because Mr. Obama is not smart enough, because he is. He must believe that what he is doing is right. Still, I am convinced that my good friend Henry Kissinger was correct when he said, “America’s enemies should fear America, but America’s friends should fear America more.”
“People in my region now are relying on God’s will and consolidating their local capabilities and analyses with everyone except (for) our oldest and most powerful ally.”
His remark about the people in the region now “consolidating their local capabilities” should be taken as a warning that Saudi Arabia could now go nuclear as well. The Saudi threat contradicts what President Obama claimed last week after the announcement of the nuclear deal with Iran. Obama said during an address to the nation that his administration “has stopped the spread of nuclear weapons” in the Middle East.
As Western Journalism reported earlier, Saudi Arabia has for a long time cooperated with Pakistan on the nuclear issue and is providing financial support for Pakistan’s nuclear program.
In March, after the announcement of the Lausanne interim agreement between six world powers and Iran, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan visited Saudi Arabia and reportedly discussed nuclear cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. At the same time, Saudi Arabia signed a nuclear deal with President Park of South Korea. South Korea will build two nuclear reactors in the Kingdom.
“Sharif’s visit to Riyadh came after Pakistan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashid Mahmoud attended a series of top-level meetings with Saudi leaders about nuclear cooperation at the beginning of February. Business Insider reported at the time that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan could have renewed a secret nuclear weapons pact during Mahmoud’s visit and an earlier visit by PM Sharif at the end of January,” we reported at the time.
In May, Western Journalism reported that Saudi Arabia already might have purchased an “off the shelf” nuclear weapon from Pakistan. An anonymous U.S. official was the source of the report. He said: ”There has been a longstanding agreement in place with the Pakistanis (over nuclear weapons) and the House of Saud has now made the strategic decision to move forward.”
The Wall Street Journal interviewed Prince Faisal bin Saud bin Abdulmohsen, a scholar at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in the Saudi capital, at the same time.
“Our allies aren’t listening to us, and this is what is making us extremely nervous,” he said.
“If I am basing my judgment on the track record and our experience with Iran, I will say they will do anything in their power to get a nuclear weapon. A delay of 10 years is not going to satiate anything.”
“Should Iran gain the ability to produce weapons-grade uranium and ability to deploy such weapons,” developing a Saudi capability in response “would be considered as part of our homeland security,” he told the Wall Street Journal
The sense of abandonment by the U.S. described by Prince Bandar will force Saudi Arabia to develop its own strategies together with other regional opponents of Iran such as Egypt, Jordan, and even Israel.
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is said to have secret contacts with Saudi Arabia, and Israeli and Saudi officials have met at least five times since the beginning of the year to discuss the Iranian threat.
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