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Saudi Arabia Condemns Iranian Regime's Expansionist Ideology

Saudi Arabia Condemns Iranian Regime's Expansionist Ideology

Friday, 22 November, 2019 - 12:45
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Saudi Arabia affirmed that the Iranian regime's expansionist ideology and interventions in the region came at the expense of its people.

The regime used the revenue from the nuclear agreement to implement its expansionist ideology and interventions in the region.

This came in a speech delivered by Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Ambassador to Austria and the Governor of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during the discussion of the item (Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in Light of the UN Security Council resolution. No. (2231) of 2015) in the session of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency held here during the period November 21-22, 2019.

Prince Abdullah said that the reports issued by the IAEA regarding Iran's violations of the nuclear agreement in the level of uranium enrichment, the quantity produced from it, the installation of advanced centrifuges, the suspension of all its research and development obligations, and its recent uranium enrichment at the Fordow facility, is a threat to the international community, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

He said that it confirms the inadequacy of the nuclear agreement with Iran and reinforces doubts about the intentions and peacefulness of its nuclear program.

Prince Abdullah also stressed that Iran has used the economic return of the nuclear agreement in provoking internal unrest in neighboring countries, in light of its insistence on the development of ballistic missiles, and support for terrorist groups in the region, including the threat to international navigation and maritime straits, and destabilize the security and stability of the region in particular and the world in general instead of using that revenue to serve its internal development and improve the conditions of the Iranian people.

The ongoing Iranian irregularities in relation to its nuclear program, and with the recent disclosure of the presence of nuclear material in an undisclosed location in Iran, and the failure of the Iranian side to provide adequate information and consistent with the results of analysis of samples taken by the Agency from the site, justify Saudi call on the international community to take all deterrent measures towards Iran in order to ensure the maintenance of international peace and security, and to limit Iran's actions and its aggressive behavior over the past 40 years in the region and the world, he noted.

Prince Abdullah said that the Kingdom welcomed the contents of the joint ministerial statement of the three European parties to the agreement and the High Representative of the European Union, welcoming the US decision to end the exemption of Iran's Fordow nuclear facility from sanctions as of December 15, 2019.

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