Saudi Prince urges GCC to consider acquiring nuclear weapons

Posted Dec 6, 2011 by Katerina Nikolas
Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal has urged the GCC to form a bloc “union of sovereign states,” that should consider arming with nuclear weapons.
File photo: Meeting of Turkish Foreign Ministry and GCC
File photo: Meeting of Turkish Foreign Ministry and GCC
Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Speaking at the “The Gulf and the Globe” conference in Riyadh on Monday, Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal called for stronger unity between the six countries represented by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). He encouraged the idea of considering acquiring weapons of mass destruction, due to the continual perceived threat from Israel and Iran.
Arab News reported al-Faisal encouraged the notion of a “union of sovereign states," saying “We can create a unified Arabian Peninsula, an elected Shoura Council, a unified armed force with a unified defense industry. We can also achieve an economic system with a unified currency, set up a unified space agency, a unified IT industry, a unified aerospace industry, an automotive industry, an educational system with a unified curriculum, a unified energy and petrochemical industry and a unified justice system.”Saudi Arabia announced in June that it was investing $80 billion into a nuclear program to produce clean energy. However al-Faisal is keenly aware that if Iran continues to develop its nuclear program then Saudi remains vulnerable in the region.
His suggestion of a joint GCC military force could be welcomed following the intervention of Saudi troops to suppress the protests in neighbouring Bahrain this year. He told the conference "why shouldn’t we at least study seriously all available options, including acquiring WMDs, so that our future generations will not blame us for neglecting any courses of action that will keep looming dangers away from us.”
Saudi Arabia has long pressured the U.S. to intervene and quell the development of Iran's nuclear program, warning that it may need to develop its own weapons as a form of regional defence.