King Salman tells UN: Saudi Arabia supports international efforts to stop Iran getting nuclear weapon

King Salman tells UN: Saudi Arabia supports international efforts to stop Iran getting nuclear weapon

RIYADH (RAHNUMA): Saudi Arabia remains against Iran developing a nuclear weapon, King Salman told world leaders on Wednesday, but said he hopes the Kingdom’s initial talks with Iran will lead to confidence building measures.

“The Kingdom stresses the importance of making the Middle East a region free of all weapons of mass destruction,” King Salman said during a recorded speech played at the UN General Assembly. “We therefore support international efforts aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.”

“Iran is a neighboring state. We hope that our initial talks with Iran will lead to concrete confidence building measures, measures that will achieve the aspirations of our two peoples for collaborative relations,” the king said.

But he added that the Kingdom is very concerned by “Iranian steps that go counter to its commitments as well as daily declarations from Iran that its nuclear program is peaceful.”

The king said Saudi Arabia continues to confront extremist thinking based on hatred and exclusion, and the practices of terrorist groups and sectarian militias that destroy humans and nations.

He added that the Kingdom stresses the need to robustly “confront all those who support, sponsor, finance or shelter terrorist groups and sectarian militias or use them to spread chaos, destruction and hegemony.”

The king also condemned the Houthi militia for its frequent attacks on Saudi Arabia and military campaigns in Yemen.

“The peace initiative in Yemen tabled by the Kingdom last March ought to end the bloodshed and conflict. It ought to put an end to the suffering of the Yemeni people and unfortunately the terrorist Houthi militia reject peaceful solutions. They have placed their bets on a military option to take over more territory in Yemen,” the king said.

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