Saudi Arabia calls for deterrent measures against Iran’s excesses


Saudi Gazette report

Saudi Arabia called on the international community to take deterrent measures against Iran’s excesses and breaches of the nuclear agreement.

Prince Abdullah Bin Khalid Bin Sultan, Saudi Ambassador to Austria and the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and International Organizations in Vienna, stressed the importance of working out a comprehensive international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

He made the remarks while addressing the session of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) being held from Sept. 9 to 13 in Vienna to discuss the IAEA’s reports on “Monitoring and verification in Iran in the light of Security Council Resolution No. 2231 of 2015.”

Prince Abdullah underscored the importance of a comprehensive international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, ensuring that it should prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons of any sort.

He stressed the need to work on everything that can reduce the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, so as to ensure international peace and security.

“This agreement must include a specific, rigorous and permanent inspection mechanism for all sites, including military sites, in Iran with a mechanism to re-impose sanctions quickly and effectively in the event of Iran’s violation of the agreement,” he said.

He noted that Iran has not harnessed the economic return from lifting sanctions after it signed the nuclear agreement in the service of domestic development and improving the situation of the Iranian people.

“It is a mockery on the part of Iran that it continued provocation of triggering internal unrest in neighboring countries, and destabilizing the region’s security and stability in particular.

“The continued aggressive behavior of Iran over the past 40 years is confirmed by the recent reports of IAEA, including Iran’s breaches of the nuclear agreement,” he said.

The IAEA reports still did not include information on Iran’s intention to develop Naval Nuclear Propulsion Systems, Prince Abdullah said while stressing the need to clarify the purpose, especially as this technology is used more in military fields.