Obama Parries Questions on Iran Deal from Arabs

(Wall Street Journal) Jay Solomon - Arab governments are privately expressing their concern to Washington about the emerging terms of a potential deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program, according to Arab and U.S. officials. The direction of U.S. diplomacy with Tehran has added fuel to fears in some Arab states of a nuclear arms race in the region. The major Sunni states, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, have said that a final agreement could allow Shiite-dominated Iran to keep the technologies needed to produce nuclear weapons. "At this stage, we prefer a collapse of the diplomatic process to a bad deal," said an Arab official who has discussed Iran with the Obama administration and Saudi Arabia in recent weeks.

2015-02-23 00:00:00

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