The Middle East Nuclear Race Is Already Underway

(TIME) Karl Vick - While the U.S. and other world powers work to constrain Iran's nuclear program, Tehran's regional rivals have already begun quietly acting on their own atomic ambitions. The list now includes Egypt, Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. What's changed in recent years is the nuclear capabilities of Iran - a Shi'ite Muslim country Sunni leaders have come to regard as a major threat. The Saudis have made it clear that they will acquire a nuclear weapon should Iran get one. If the nuclear talks end with a final agreement that looks like a win for the Islamic Republic, diplomats say its neighbors will fast track their own plans.

2015-03-25 00:00:00

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