Saudi Arabia, Iran, United States discussed on Forum


Our Twitter handle is at K Q E D forum. We do welcome your involvement and again Philippian here in studio is. Director and chief operating officers. The plush ploughshares fund and also former vice president of the Asia foundation and senior former senior policy advisor at the US State Department. Well, at this point, we're not only talking about really United States relations with Saudi Arabia. What we're talking about? What may be just interested in the factory sampling? We've got an election going on in Israel next week. And we've got the a lot of steak there is real and Saudi Arabia now seem to be pretty much allies against Iran, and that's taking Israel is a nuclear power. So if Saudi Arabia becomes a nuclear power or of this helps at least move Saudi Arabia toward becoming a nuclear power. We're talking about a whole reconfiguration in the Middle East possibly and an arms race as I said before a nuclear arms race. I think that's absolutely right. And that's why what we do with respect to Saudi Arabia at my hope is that we if we decide we want to share nuclear technology. We have what's called the gold standard, which is an agreement that we. Did with the United Arab Emirates where they specifically renounced the ability to reprocess and enrich the stuff that you know, to to make the fuel that's necessary. And you know, if you don't do something like that what you're doing is as you know, the Iran deal, the United States, basically withdrew in reneged on the Iran deal. I think essentially the Iranians for the most part have held Pat because I think they're hoping that Donald Trump loses reelection, and then we can go back to the status quo, ante where the deal is basically in place. So they've been you know, despite their domestic political pressures. They've steps stood firm with this. If in fact, the one two three the that Saudi Arabia has that capability that increases more pressure on Iran for them to basically, you know, not adhere to the Iran nuclear deal, and then you're off to the races. Let's go to our callers with find out. What you our listeners have to say or asking we begin Peter with you. Good morning. You're on the air. Thank you. Thank you for this opportunity and for your. Your guest whose work is so important. I'm just wanting to struggle up publicly here with the the difficulty of looking at the fundamental hypocrisy. I believe in the present established nuclear clubs saying we're right in your wrong to new nuclear power. There may be some possibility of concession or some humility some. You know, some relief of sanctions some measure of goodwill actually as a as a mode of defense. And and shouldn't there possibly be a greater more public dialog involving North Korea? And and the public in a global discussion. How did totally denuclearize the entire world. Question is really about diplomacy, and how diplomacy might work in either of these cases, but more toward North Korea Philippine? Yes. So there's a one of our Graentiz I can international campaign against nuclear weapons has been talking about the notion of completely banning all of these weapons. And so that is a dialogue that is ongoing right now. And in fact, I can receive the Nobel peace prize two thousand seventeen for their work. I mean, there's just a small group of people in Europe, and they've had a huge impact of creating a new norm here, the two main powers United States, and what used to be the Soviet Union now Russia under Putin are moving forward with more new. That's that's that's essentially what you're what. I think your your listener has been talking about is the hypocrisy that's involved in this. I mean as part of the non-proliferation treaty nuclear non-proliferation treaty, the ones who have recognized and said they have nuclear weapons so that they eventually are going to get rid of these things, but we have yet to do. So. And the problem right now is as you as you mentioned, the United States is on par to predict to believe it's something to trillion dollars over the next thirty years to renew our nuclear weapons capabilities. I mean, it's it's really outrageous. And in this time where you know, there's so many more needs for that money..

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