Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Saudi Prince Likens Iran's Ruler to Hitler

Saudi Prince Likens Iran's Ruler to Hitler

Mohammed bin Salman doesn't want to go nuclear, he tells Norah O'Donnell in a 60 Minutes interview due to air on Sunday, but Saudi Arabia will not wait long after Iran creates a nuclear weapon to follow suit.

"Many countries around the world and in Europe did not realise how risky Hitler was until what happened, happened". I don't want to see the same events happening in the Middle East.

With regard to Iranian military and economic prowess, the crown prince asserted: "Iran's military isn't one of the Muslim world's top five militaries, while the Saudi economy is bigger than the Iranian economy".

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He has drawn global condemnation for Saudi Arabia's war against Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen, a conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and created one of the world's worst humanitarian catastrophes.

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Saudi Arabia is stepping up plans to develop a civilian nuclear energy capability as part of a reform plan led by Prince Mohammed to reduce the economy's dependence on oil.

Mohammed bin Salman said the Saudis "do not want" nukes but would be forced to develop them should their Shia counterparts acquire them.

"These words are worthless ... because they come from a simple mind full of illusions who speaks only bitterness and lies", said Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.

An excerpt from the interview was broadcast Thursday on CBS This Morning.

The crown prince has reportedly kept his mother away from his father for fear that she opposed his rise to power.

The plan, he says, aims "to produce energy so that we can save the oil and export it in order to generate revenue". (Currently, Israel is the only country in the region with nuclear weapons, although it maintains a policy of "opacity" on the issue, refusing to confirm what is widely known to be true in the global community.) This, at a time when US military officials have credited Iran for scaling back its provocations against the United States in the Persian Gulf.

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