The former head of the Saudi intelligence service says Riyadh should acquire the knowledge to develop a nuclear bomb in order to defend itself.

Iran PressMiddle East: “I’ve publicly said in the past that we should do whatever is necessary, including acquiring the knowledge to develop a [nuclear] bomb, in order to defend ourselves against a potential nuclear-armed Iran,” Prince Turki al-Faisal said during an interview with MSNBC when asked whether the Saudis would develop nuclear weapons.

He also called on the US to impose more sanctions on Iran instead of trying to revive the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which would remove the existing sanctions on Tehran.

“I am not in the government to say what the government is going to do, but this is my personal opinion,” Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief added.

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