Monday, February 15, 2010

Saudi Arabia: Iran threat demands "more immediate solution" than sanctions

From the BBC:
At a joint Riyadh news conference with Mrs Clinton, Prince Saud said: "Sanctions are a long-term solution. They may work, we can't judge.

"But we see the issue in the shorter term maybe because we are closer to the threat... So we need an immediate resolution rather than a gradual resolution."

While the Saudi minister did not detail his vision of a quick solution in public, it is likely that options were discussed behind closed doors in the meeting between Mrs Clinton and King Abdullah, says the BBC's Kim Ghattas, who is travelling with the top US diplomat.
It is clear that Saudi Arabia recognizes the threat posed by a nuclear Iran. Unless China can be convinced to get onboard, any solution to punish Iran is unlikely to slow its nuclear advance.

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