Saudi strategist to Gulf states: Time to go nuclear

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ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council has been urged to acquire nuclear capabilities.

A leading Saudi official has called on the six Gulf Cooperation Council states to cooperate in the acquisition of nuclear energy and deterrence capabilities. Prince Turki Al Faisal, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research, said the GCC must follow the European Union model for the development of nuclear and security strategies.

“We in the GCC states should seek to achieve our unity and the unity of our decisions at the security and political levels, as well as review the march of the [Gulf] cooperation council, its goals,” Turki told a strategic conference in the United Arab Emirates.

In an address on March 21, Al Faisal told the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research that the GCC must be ready to compete with other nuclear powers in the Middle East. He cited Iran and Israel, and said Gulf Arab states must be capable of resisting regional adversaries.

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