Saudi former intelligence head Turki al faisal 311 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Molly Riley )
Saudi Arabia will consider acquiring nuclear weapons, AFP reported a former Saudi intelligence chief as saying on Monday.
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According to the report, Prince Turki al-Faisal told a Riyadh security
forum that because efforts to convince Israel and Iran to forgo nuclear
weapons failed, "it is our duty towards our nation and people to
consider all possible options, including the possession of these
"A (nuclear) disaster befalling one of us would affect us all,"
continued Faisal, who was director general of the Saudi General Intelligence Directorate from 1977 to 2001.
Saudi Arabia's nuclear coordinator Abdul Ghani Malibari announced in
June that over the next 20 years, Riyadh plans to build 16 civilian
nuclear reactors at a cost of about $80 billion, according to AFP.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed concern
in mid-November that if Iran succeeded in developing a nuclear weapon, a
Middle East arms race would ensue with Saudi Arabia and Egypt
eventually seeking nuclear weapons as well.