Saudi Arabia threatens to build own nukes if Iran does

People check the damage after debris from ballistic missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi militia fell onto a house in Riyadh

People check the damage after debris from ballistic missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi militia fell onto a house in Riyadh

"We have made it clear that if Iran acquires a nuclear capability, we will do everything we can to do the same". Iran has maintained its nuclear activities were only for peaceful purposes and the International Atomic Energy Agency has verified its compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement, but the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia have remained suspicious.

The US Treasury Department has indicated that sanctions won't be reimposed immediately, and will take up to 180 days to allow Iranian oil customers and other companies involved in doing business with Tehran to make plans.

On Wednesday, a separate OPEC source had said Saudi Arabia was monitoring the impact of the USA move on oil supplies and was ready to offset any shortage but would not act alone.

The Arab League called on Wednesday for the Iran nuclear deal to be revised, echoing comments from President Donald Trump just a day after he pulled the United States out of the historic accord.

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The recent upswing in prices - which has almost tripled crude values from lows hit in early 2016 - has led to speculation that the output curbs will soon be lifted as countries reliant on oil revenue seek to boost their coffers by raising their exports.

In remarks an hour before Trump's declaration, senior Kuwaiti diplomat Khaled al-Jarallah said his country stood by the JCPOA as the best option for "stability" in the region.

Washington's allies may find formulas to avoid sanctions exposure.

Assuming the US sanctions are effective in curbing Iran's crude exports, Saudi Arabia and its OPEC allies will have to raise their production to make up the shortfall, or risk being blamed for a further rise in motoring costs.

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But the US sanctions on Iran, assuming they are effective, mark the end of the current output agreement.

The Kingdom of Bahrain has also supported the decision of Trump.

The renewed sanctions are meant to force Iran to renegotiate a 2015 agreement over its nuclear program the country's leaders have said they will not revisit. In March, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman branded Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the "new Hitler".

Iran, the third-largest OPEC producer, could deliver involuntary cuts to supply forced by USA sanctions and Trump's exit from the nuclear deal - fundamental to the resumption of Iran as a major oil producer and exporter.

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Riyadh, which leads a regional coalition that intervened in Yemen's civil war to fight the Huthis, accuses Iran of supplying the militia with ballistic missiles.

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