Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Statement on the United States’ Withdrawal from the JCPOA

Richard Cowley International Relations, News and Events, Statements

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports and welcomes the steps announced by President Donald Trump regarding the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal. The Kingdom also supports reinstating economic sanctions on the Iranian regime, which have been suspended under the nuclear deal.

The Kingdom’s previous support for the nuclear deal concluded by Iran and the P5+1 group of countries was based on Saudi Arabia’s conviction in the need to take all possible steps that may assist in non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and the world. The Iranian regime however, took advantage of the economic benefits afforded by the lifting of sanctions and used them to continue its destabilising activities in the region, especially by developing its ballistic missiles and supporting terrorist organisations in the region, including Hizbollah and the Houthi militias, which used the capabilities provided by Iran to target civilians in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, as well as, repeatedly targeting international shipping lanes in a blatant violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

The Kingdom reaffirms its support of the strategy previously announced by President Trump towards Iran, and hopes the international community will take a firm and unified stance against the Iranian regime, and its destabilising aggression in the region, its support to terrorist groups, particularly Hizbollah and the Houthi militias, and its support of the Assad regime, which has committed heinous crimes against its people that have led to the death of more than half a million civilians, including through the use of chemical weapons.

Based on this position, the Kingdom asserts its commitment to work with its partners in the United States and the international community to reach the goals announced by President Trump, and the necessity to address the dangers posed by the policies of Iran on international peace and security through a holistic approach, that is not limited to its nuclear programme, but addresses its hostile activities, including Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of countries in the region, its support of terrorism, and to prevent Iran from ever possessing weapons of mass destruction.