Saudi ambassador denounces Iran nukes, US policy

The Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States denounced Iran's uranium enrichment program, but also criticized US policy toward countries seeking nuclear weapons as inconsistent. Iran's pursuit of a nuclear program is worsening tension in the Middle East, Prince Turki Al-Faisal said in a speech Wednesday. Although Iranian officials have said they want to make fuel through enrichment, the activity can also generate the nuclear core of warheads. "It escalates the tensions, and brings about competition which is unneeded and unnecessary and uncalled for," Al-Faisal told an audience of about 250 political and business leaders in a speech organized by the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. Al-Faisal, 60, questioned the use of possessing weapons he said the Iranian people would never allow their leaders to use.