Saudi Arabia: Iran exploited nuclear deal revenue for terror funding


Saudi Gazette report

Saudi Arabia emphasized that Tehran has used the economic revenue from the nuclear deal to finance its terrorist activities.

“There are deficiencies in the Iranian nuclear agreement and it is imperative to have a comprehensive international agreement to ensure that Iran is prevented from acquiring nuclear weapons in any way,” said Mansour Al-Mutairi, chairman of the Committee on Disarmament and International Security in the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom to the United Nations.

He made the remarks on Tuesday while addressing the First Committee meeting in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

“The Kingdom noted with concern the recent reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) including Iran’s breaches of its nuclear obligations, both in the level of enrichment of uranium and the level of production of uranium, in addition to the installation and development of advanced centrifuges, and cessation of all its research and development obligations, as well as recent statements by Iranian officials in this regard,” he said.

Al-Mutairi stated that Iran exploited the economic revenue from the nuclear agreement to finance its hostile and terrorist activities in the region, the latest of which was the horrific attacks on oil facilities in the cities of Abqaiq and Khurais using 25 winged missiles and drones, causing a decrease in oil production by about 50 percent equivalent to 5.7 million barrels, which is a flagrant violation of international laws and customs, and an attack on international peace and security and a major threat to oil supplies to world markets.

Al-Mutairi vowed Saudi Arabia’s support for the statements made by the Arab Group and the Non-Aligned Movement, saying that Saudi Arabia stressed the importance of efforts to achieve the goals of eliminating nuclear weapons, especially in the Middle East.

He said the Kingdom emphasizes in this regard that the 1955 resolution establishing a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East remains in force until its goals and objectives are achieved, without which the Arab states could have not agreed to the indefinite extension of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT).