Saudi FM: Iran atomic program raises regional threats

June 5, 2012 19:44


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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday Iran's nuclear program has increased threats to the Gulf region and urged Tehran to cooperate with world powers to defuse tension after talks last month failed to achieve a breakthrough.

Western nations and Gulf Arab states suspect that the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program is a camouflaged attempt to develop the means to produce nuclear weapons. Iran says it is enriching uranium only for civilian purposes.

"For sure the Iranian nuclear program has escalated the threat level in the region... So it is dangerous...," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told reporters in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting.

"We hope Iran, with all kinds of threats coming from it, changes its policy to protect a region that is Iran's (as well). I can not imagine Iran becoming the reason for the destruction of this region because it will be the biggest loser."

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