US-Iran Talks Could Hurt Relations with Saudi Arabia
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on November 06, 2013 @ 9:00AM
Created on November 05, 2013 @ 6:05PM
President Obama's historic phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last month is causing a stir among our allies in the Middle East.
Iran is our ally Saudi Arabia's main enemy in the region and there are concerns that reduced tension between the US and Iran will allow Iran to spread it's influence to other Arab countries.
Secretary of State John Kerry said that the US is determined Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon, and that talks with the country about allowing nuclear energy work and improving its economy would not get in the way of our bond with Saudi Arabia. Israel's government is also suspicious of any nuclear agreements with Iran. They said the talks could be a "ploy to undermine western resolve".
Saudi Arabia has been an ally to the US for a long time and supplies us with hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil each year, but they rejected a seat on the UN Security Council last month because of their frustration with the US. If they would break away from us, we could see gas prices rise.
Kerry is in the Middle East now to speak about the US's role. He said the US will continue to negotiate peace in the region as well as support an economic transition in Egypt.
"The path forward is ultimately in the hands of the Egyptian people and we are confident that they will overcome the challenges that are facing them," Kerry said.
Iran will continue nuclear talks at the UN on Thursday.
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