Saudi Arabia calls for ‘deterrent measures’ against Iran’s nuclear violations

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi at the Bushehr Nuclear Plant. (File/Wikipedia)
Updated 11 September 2019

Saudi Arabia calls for ‘deterrent measures’ against Iran’s nuclear violations

  • Iran’s breaches confirm the nuclear agreement’s shortcomings
  • Saudi Arabia called for a comprehensive international agreement

LONDON: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday called on the international community to take deterrent measures against Iran’s violations of the nuclear agreement.
Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan, the Kingdom’s ambassador to Austria and permanent representative to the United Nations and international organizations in Vienna, said Iran’s breaches confirm the agreement’s shortcomings.
Speaking during an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting in Vienna, he stressed the need for a comprehensive international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program to prevent Tehran from "acquiring nuclear weapons by any means." He said the agreement would also reduce the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and ensure international peace and security. 
Prince Abdullah said the agreement should include a specific, rigorous and permanent inspection mechanism for all sites, including military positions, with a mechanism to re-impose sanctions quickly and effectively in the event that Iran violates the agreement.

His comments come after the IAEA urged Iran to be more cooperative over its request for information on its nuclear activities. The meeting is also overshadowed by European efforts to salvage the current agreement between Iran and international powers after the US withdrew last year.

On Sunday, IAEA inspectors confirmed that Iran has installed more advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium as Tehran further withdraws from its commitments to the 2015 deal. 

Prince Abdullah said Iran did not "harness the economic return" after the sanctions were lifted when the deal was signed. "Nor did it develop domestically or improve the conditions of the Iranian people, but rather continued to provoke internal unrest in neighboring countries and destabilize the region's security and stability and its continued aggressive behavior over the past 40 years emphasizes Iran's intentions in the region," he said.
He added "this is confirmed by recent IAEA reports, including Iran's breaches of the nuclear deal."
Prince Abdullah expressed appreciation to the IAEA for their efforts in verifying and monitoring Iran's activities with professionalism and high transparency.
 


UK Ambassador welcomes appointment of first Saudi woman as cultural attache

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UK Ambassador welcomes appointment of first Saudi woman as cultural attache

  • Fatani was appointed as one of the Kingdom’s first female cultural attaches
  • She holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Strathclyde

RIYADH: Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Thursday welcomed the appointment of Dr. Amal bint Jameel Fatani as cultural attaché to the UK.

Fatani was appointed as one of the Kingdom’s first female cultural attaches by the Saudi Minister of Education Dr.Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheik earlier this month.

Ambassador Neil Crompton tweeted Thursday: “#Congratulations to Dr Fatani @FataniAmal for her appointment as Cultural Attaché to the #UK. Delighted she is a UK alumni herself. Wishing her the very best in her new role and looking forward to strengthening the people to people links between the UK and Saudi Arabia.”

Fatani holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Strathclyde. She obtained her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in pharmacology and toxicology from the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University (KSU), where she is currently an associate professor.

She has previously worked at the Ministry of Higher Education and KSU, and was among the first female pharmacy graduates in the Kingdom.

After receiving her doctorate she was appointed vice chair of the pharmacology and toxicology department. She is the first female dean of the nine scientific and medical colleges, and has worked with the rector, deputies, and deans of male colleges to build a unified strategic plan for gaining accreditation, a higher global ranking, and implementing best international practices in higher education.

Saudi Arabia and the UK have an important and long-standing relationship, strengthened through the strong individual connections that Saudis enjoy with the UK through their attendance at academic institutions. Hundreds of Saudi scholarship students have graduated from top UK educational institutions.

The two countries are key strategic partners in the Kingdom’s Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, and have reaffirmed their commitment to building and developing trade and investment as well as achieving shared prosperity for their citizens.