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On Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan answered a question about the reaction of the Gulf states, if Iran acquired nuclear weapons.

The Saudi minister said, on the sidelines of the Global Policy Conference in Abu Dhabi, in response to a question about this scenario: “If Iran obtains a nuclear weapon ready to work, it will be difficult to predict what will happen.”

He added, “We are in a very dangerous situation in the region.. You can expect that the countries of the region will certainly study how to ensure their security.”

Indirect US-Iranian talks were suspended in September to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, which Washington withdrew from in 2018.

And the Director General of the United Nations Atomic Energy Agency, expressed his concern about Tehran’s recent announcement to enhance its capacity to enrich uranium.

Nuclear talks stalled amid Western powers accusing Iran of making illogical demands, as well as shifting focus to the Russian-Ukrainian war, as well as internal unrest in Iran following the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, after the morality police detained her.

Although Riyadh remains “skeptical” about the Iranian nuclear deal, the Saudi minister said it supports efforts to revive it “provided that it is a starting point, not the end point, for a stronger agreement with Tehran.”

Gulf states are pressing for a stronger deal that addresses their concerns about Iran’s missiles, its drone program, and its network of proxies in the region.

“The indications at the moment are unfortunately not very positive,” Prince Faisal said.

He added: “We hear from the Iranians that they have no interest in a nuclear weapons program, it would be very comforting if we could believe that. We need more guarantees in this regard.”

Iran maintains that its nuclear program is for civilian purposes only.

A senior Emirati official said, on Saturday, that there is an opportunity to reconsider the concept of the nuclear deal “in its entirety” in light of the current focus on Tehran’s weapons and Western countries accusing Russia of using Iranian drones to attack targets in Ukraine.

Iran and Russia deny these accusations.

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