Iran to Announce ‘Nuclear Achievements,’ Saudi Arabia Reiterates its Nuclear Plans

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


Iranian President Ahmadinejad plans to make a nuclear announcement:

11 February 2012

TEHRAN – Iran will soon unveil “big new” nuclear achievements, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday while reiterating Tehran’s readiness to revive talks with the West over the country’s controversial nuclear program…He did not elaborate on the upcoming announcement but insisted Iran would never give up its uranium enrichment, a process that makes material for reactors as well as weapons.

USA TODAY – ‎11 February 2012
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran will soon reveal “very big new nuclear achievements.”

What kind of “nuclear achievements” are unclear.  Iran might point to nuclear power development in a ruse to throw off criticism of its nuclear weapons intentions.  Or Iran could possibly decide to actually admit weapons development, though that would cause it a variety of issues–issues it might not want to deal with yet.

Perhaps it should be mentioned that the President of Iran believes that ultimately it is his special calling to create enough chaos in order to stimulate the arrival of an Islamic leader that he and others refer to as the Imam Mahdi. This leader is supposed to unite Islam and root out problems within its religion. But Iran is not quite ready for that yet, though its leadership believes that the Iman Mahdi has made his presence known (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: World Order About to Collapse, Mahdi Behind it) and it hopes that he will become publicly known soon (see Iran’s Leader Preparing for ‘Armageddon’ and the Imam Mahdi).

For various reasons, the Imam Mahdi sounds a lot like the final King of the South that the Bible foretells (Daniel 11:40-43). And he may be part of a deal that will affect the USA and its Anglo-allies (Psalm 83:4-8). And this will not be good.

Yet, the final King of the South will not be Iran (Iran is basically east of Jerusalem), but apparently Arabic (which includes those of Egypt, Libya, etc.).  Iran’s actions and rhetoric continue to stir up the situation in the Middle East.  So much so, that Saudi Arabia keeps warning that it will have to develop its own nuclear weapons if Iran does.

Saudi Arabia threatens to ‘go nuclear’ if Iran gets the bomb
Feb 10, 2012
  • Saudi sources say escalation imminent if Iran goes nuclear
  • Pakistan expected to supply the kingdom with warheads
  • “Unacceptable to have Iran with a nuclear capability…”

SAUDI Arabia would launch a military nuclear program immediately if Iran successfully developed atomic weapons.

While Riyadh signed an agreement with the US in 2008 stating that it would only pursue nuclear power for civil purposes, the Saudi government is likely to abandon the deal if Tehran had a nuclear bomb…”There is no intention currently to pursue a unilateral military nuclear program but the dynamics will change immediately if the Iranians develop their own nuclear capability,” a senior Saudi source said.

“Politically, it would be completely unacceptable to have Iran with a nuclear capability and not the kingdom.”

I have reported in the past about rumors that Saudi Arabia has a deal with Pakistan regarding nuclear weapons.  And while Saudi Arabia is still not publicly acknowledging that they plan to get nuclear weapons from Pakistan, that would likely be the quickest way it could get them.

The fact that Saudi Arabia feels that it will need to have nuclear weapons if Iran has them indicates that the Saudis do not completely trust the military deals that they have with the USA.  They probably learned a lot from last year’s ‘Arab Spring,’ when the USA betrayed some of its long-term allies and supported groups that the Saudis probably figured that the USA should have opposed.

Anyway, nuclear weapons in the hands of the Arab nations may increase their confidence to eventually push against the future King of the North (Daniel 11:40).

On other Middle East news today, a general who supported Syrian President Assad was assassinated today:

Voice of America – February 11, 2012 Gunmen Assassinate Syrian Army General VOA News Syria’s state-run news agency says gunmen have shot and killed a high ranking Syrian military officer in the capital, Damascus.

The situation in the Middle East is tense.  Regional war involving Israel, Iran, Syria, and others this year is a real possibility.  Damascus could become a ruinous heap (Isaiah 17:1).

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the Arab and Persian world in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What does Islam teach about the Imam Mahdi?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Is he the Imam Mahdi? What does the Bible say?

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