The Obama administration is effectively boosting the confidence of the Islamic government of Iran that its nuclear weaponization campaign will be accepted by the world community. This is the expressed opinion of Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed,  who directs the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news service, in an interview with Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.
 
As translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Al-Rashed said “The ideal solution is to insist on preventing Iran from building nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, however,  the involvement of U.S. President Barack Obama’s government in six months of negotiations boosts Iran’s confidence that it can force the international community to accept it as a nuclear country, despite all the offers, guarantees and promises made to stop this from happening.”
 
 Al-Rashed fears that should Iran successfully build a nuclear weapon, then Saudi Arabia will do the same. “From a theoretical, political and military perspective, Saudi Arabia will have to protect itself from the Iranian regime’s nuclear program either with a nuclear weapon or via agreements that will maintain the regional balance of power and protect Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.”
 
 
Expressing fear that a nuclearized Iran would thus contribute to an atomic arms race in the volatile Mideast, Al-Rashed said, ” The question now is: If the United States allows Iran to build nuclear weapons, why [is it not] the right of Saudi Arabia, Iran’s neighbor, to protect itself and do the same? This would allow Saudi Arabia to maintain the balance of power with Iran. The two countries that have been in conflict for more than three decades.” 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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