Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud said on Tuesday that his country “supports international efforts to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon.”
This came in a speech by the Minister of Foreign Affairs delivered remotely in front of a UN meeting to commemorate and support the International Day for the Complete Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, according to what was reported by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
In December 2013, the United Nations designated September 26 of each year as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
In his speech, the Saudi Foreign Minister stressed, “the need for the international community to assume its responsibilities towards Iran’s continued breaches and violations of international agreements and treaties related to the nuclear agreement, and the escalation of its nuclear activities.”
Tehran did not immediately comment on the Saudi minister’s statements, but it usually denies these charges.
Bin Farhan stressed that “the Kingdom supports international efforts to ensure that Iran does not possess nuclear weapons in the short and long term, and also prevents it from being able to convert the peaceful use of nuclear energy to military use.”
Faisal bin Farhan’s speech comes after Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian announced, on Friday, that his country is currently studying a return to the Vienna talks that have been stalled for months, in order to fully implement the nuclear agreement with Tehran.
Six rounds of talks were held between Iran and the major international powers, in Vienna between April and June, in an attempt to revive the nuclear agreement, amid the faltering convening of a new round.
These negotiations, which were held under the auspices of the European Union, aim to return the United States to the agreement that the administration of former President Donald Trump withdrew from in May 2018, and push Iran to abide by its international commitments related to the nuclear program.