In May 2015 President Barack Obama defended the nuclear deal with Iran as the only possibility to avert a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
In June Saudi Arabia inked a deal with France to build two nuclear reactors.
Saudi Arabia holds the second largest oil reserves in the world.
In October 2015 the United Arab Emirates signed a deal with Russia to supply the country with enriched uranium needed for the UAE’s nuclear power plant.
This week Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya-alon said his country is seeing signs of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
The Telegraph reported:
Israel has picked up signs of the beginning of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East as Arab states seek nuclear weapons to counter Iran, the Israeli defence minister has warned.
Moshe Ya’alon said Sunni Arab nations were not reassured by last year’s nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and were making their own preparations for nuclear weapons.
“We see signs that countries in the Arab world are preparing to acquire nuclear weapons, that they are not willing to sit quietly with Iran on brink of a nuclear or atomic bomb,” Mr Ya’alon said.
The defence minister gave no evidence to back up his claims but Israel closely monitors the military activities of its Arab neighbours.
Israel and the Sunni Gulf countries do not have diplomatic ties but are known to talk through back channels and are united in their opposition to Iran.