Saudi Arabia calls on Iran to cooperate with nuclear inspectors

The Vienna International Centre, headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is seen in Vienna, Austria, May 28, 2015. (REUTERS)
Updated 08 November 2019

Saudi Arabia calls on Iran to cooperate with nuclear inspectors

  • Praising the IAEA inspectors’ professionalism and transparency, Prince Abdullah stressed the need for Tehran to immediately cooperate with the agency in providing the information it required

VIENNA: Saudi Arabia called on Iran to fully cooperate with nuclear inspection teams monitoring its atomic energy activities.
The Kingdom has confirmed its support for the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after one of its inspectors was briefly prevented from leaving Iran last week.
The appeal came in a speech delivered by Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to Austria and the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN and international organizations in Vienna, during a special session of the IAEA board of governors.
Praising the IAEA inspectors’ professionalism and transparency, Prince Abdullah stressed the need for Tehran to immediately cooperate with the agency in providing the information it required.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.