Iran’s nuclear activity draws speculation about Saudi and UAE’s likely response

Issue 1148 - 05 Jun 2022 | 7 minute read

Amid growing concerns that Iran is getting ever closer to a nuclear weapons capability, there are hints that Saudi Arabia and the UAE might be making fresh preparations for their own access to atomic weapons, with Pakistan seen as the key enabler. There are many reasons for them not to move ahead on this track, but that does not necessarily mean plans won’t progress, given distrust of US security guarantees, the perpetual Iranian standoff and the monarchies’ own ambitions to project regional power.

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