Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says West partly to blame for Iranian nuclear program

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said he opposed any attempt by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, but alleged the West was partly to blame for Tehran's nuclear program.

In an interview broadcast Monday by the British Broadcasting Corp., Prince Saud al-Faisal said western nations' failure to stop Israel from becoming a nuclear power "has done the damage we are all suffering from now."

Diplomats from Europe, the United States and China were meeting in London Monday to discuss whether to bring Iran before the United Nations Security Council over its nuclear program.

Iran last week removed U.N. seals from its main uranium enrichment facility and resumed research on nuclear fuel after a 2 1/2-year freeze. It says its intentions are peaceful and it only wants to produce nuclear energy.

But Western nations suspect Tehran seeks nuclear weapons. The prince, in London for a conference on terrorism, said he hoped Iran would not seek to develop nuclear arms, the AP reported. He said Saudi Arabia would "absolutely not" seek to develop a nuclear weapon if Iran had one.

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