In a forum at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Turki said
a regional effort would be more effective than just targeting Iran. He
cited the 2010 review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and said Riyad wanted
a military option against any Middle East country that does not submit to
international nuclear inspections.
"The other provision would be for sanctions against any country which
refuses to sign up to the plan, and that could include diplomatic and
economic activity, but would also include the military option in the end,"
Turki, who reflects the Saudi leadership, said. "Any country that
does not join a nuclear free Middle East will face sanctions."
A former senior U.S. official objected to the Saudi plan. Richard Haas,
now president of the Council on Foreign Relations, warned that diplomacy
could no longer stop Iran's nuclear weapons program.
"The technology is going a lot faster than any diplomacy," Haas said.
"Iran will be able to have weapons long before any diplomacy has a chance to
work. The timelines are quite short. Force is a serious option."