Saudi Arabia calls for nuclear weapon-free Middle East

September 29, 2012

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reaffirmed its call for the creation of a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East at a meeting yesterday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York. Addressing a high-level meeting on combating nuclear terrorism, with an emphasis on strengthening relevant legal frameworks, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral Relations Prince Torki bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Kabeer said that only the elimination of nuclear weapons will guarantee against their use. He noted that Saudi Arabia submitted a report in 2005 recommending that steps be taken to establish a nuclear weapon-free zone.

Unfortunately, Prince Torki said, Israel’s acquisition of nuclear weapons is a fundamental obstacle to achieving security and stability in the region. Furthermore, he criticized Iran for its failure to implement the Security Council resolutions regarding its nuclear file and for conducting uranium enrichment without the approval of the International Atomic Energy Council (IAEA).