Saudi Arabia backs IAEA efforts to inspect Iran's nuclear sites

Prince Khalid’s  remarks on Thursday came during a virtual session for the IAEA board of governors meeting. (SPA)
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Updated 18 June 2020

Saudi Arabia backs IAEA efforts to inspect Iran's nuclear sites

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday affirmed its support for the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to intensify inspections of Iranian sites and nuclear activities.

Prince Khalid bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Austria, who is also the country’s governor to the IAEA, praised the report by the agency’s director general Rafael Grossi, which called on Iran to fully and immediately cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog. 

Prince Khalid’s remarks on Thursday came during a virtual session for the IAEA board of governors meeting, which mainly focused on Iran’s nuclear program. 

Prince Khalid affirmed that Grossi’s report was necessary to keep council member states fully informed on the developments of Iran’s repeated violations of its nuclear agreement. 

“The report by the director general of the IAEA shows the Iranian side’s intransigence in dealing with the agency's requests for more than a year, and Iran’s failure to cooperate with the agency.

“For more than four months, Iran has continued to provide irrational justifications in its refusal for the IAEA's request to allow two inspectors to verify any undeclared nuclear material and activities at the sites under its Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol with the IAEA.”

“This reinforces doubts about Iran's nuclear program intentions and what it is seeking to reach,” he said.


Coalition destroy Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

Updated 23 October 2020

Coalition destroy Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

  • The drone was targeting civilian areas in the south of the Kingdom
  • Saudi Arabia last week denounced the Houthi militia’s continued launch of drones targeting civilians in the Kingdom

DUBAI: Saudi-led Arab coalition intercepted a Houthi drone targeting civilian areas in the Kingdom on Friday, state news agency SPA reported.
“Forces of the Arab coalition have destroyed a drone launched by terrorist Houthi militants on civilian areas in the south,” Spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.
Saudi Arabia last week denounced the Houthi militia’s continued launch of drones targeting civilians in the Kingdom.
The attacks are carried out in “a systematic and deliberate manner, which is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and its customary rules,” the Saudi council of ministers said in a weekly meeting.
The cabinet said the Kingdom wanted to “promote the values of pluralism and international cooperation stipulated in the United Nations Charter, in order to achieve sustainable development plans and goals and overcome challenges to reach a more inclusive and just world.”
The council reviewed a number of other issues and regional and international developments.
The ministers also said recent positive estimates of credit rating agencies on the Kingdom’s economy reflected its ability to face global economic challenges.