Saudi academic Khalid Al-Dakhil, a professor of political sociology at King Saud University, said in a December 6, 2021 interview on Russia Today TV that Iran's position in the Vienna nuclear talks is an indication that it is "on its way" to obtaining nuclear weapons, and that this means that Saudi Arabia must also obtain nuclear weapons. Al-Dakhil said that the Saudi government supports the policy of making the region a nuclear-weapon-free zone, but that if Iran and Israel have nuclear weapons, then Saudi Arabia must also obtain them, as a self-defense measure. He added that if the international community succeeds in stopping Iran's nuclear project, then Saudi Arabia will have no need for nuclear weapons. For more about Khalid Al-Dakhil, see MEMRI TV Clip No. 2386.
Khalid Al-Dakhil: "Saudi Arabia must obtain nuclear weapons. I am one of the people who are convinced that Iran is on its way to obtain a nuclear weapon. Its recent position in the 7th round of negotiations in Vienna last week confirms that Iran is on its way to obtain a nuclear weapon.
"Saudi Arabia has no choice but to obtain a nuclear weapon as well. If not, the balance will be disrupted very dangerously, and this will be detrimental to Saudi Arabia and the entire region.
"Saudi Arabia has the scientific and technological infrastructure to carry out this [nuclear] project. Saudi Arabia is capable of doing this. I believe that Saudi Arabia was – and as far as I know, still is… The Saudi government supports the policy of making the region a nuclear-weapon-free zone.
"However, if Israel has nuclear weapons, and Iran will have nuclear weapons, then the whole issue becomes a matter of self defense, unless the international community is successful in stopping the Iranian nuclear program. If it is successful, then great. This is what is required. In such case, Saudi Arabia will not need nuclear weapons."