Saudi Arabia Says Not Clear If Leaked U.S. Cables Are Authentic

Saudi Arabia said it’s not clear whether diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.org, some of which show the Arab country urging its U.S. ally to attack Iran, are genuine.

The kingdom didn’t “ have any role in producing them, nor is it aware of their authenticity,” Osama Nugali, the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said yesterday in an interview. “The kingdom’s policies and positions have always been clear.”

Saudi Arabia and other Arab governments sided with Israel in urging the U.S. to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, according to a New York Times account of 250,000 classified U.S. embassy cables released by WikiLeaks, the non-profit website.

The kingdom has publicly urged a peaceful resolution to Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West. Shiite Muslim Iran, a regional rival of Saudi Arabia, is under international pressure over its nuclear program, which the U.S. and allies say is a cover for building atomic weapons. Iran rejects the allegation and says it needs nuclear technology for civilian purposes.

Saudi Arabia wants an “immediate resolution rather than gradual resolution,” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al- Faisal said in February. “Iran, if it continues on the line that is continuing, will provide the impetus for further proliferation and God forbid, see the region full of atomic weapons.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Glen Carey in Riyadh at gcarey8@bloomberg.net;

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