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Iran nuclear deal: enraged Saudis whip up tensions

Washington must counsel Riyadh against rash actions. Failure to do so could lead to a regional catastrophe.

The precipitous fall in oil prices from US$110 in 2014 to less than US$30 today has forced the Saudi regime to cut longstanding subsidies for citizens, thus eroding the legitimacy of absolutist rule.


JUST as it seemed that tensions in the Persian Gulf might be easing with the signing of the nuclear deal, aimed at effectively curbing Iran's capacity to weaponise, the political temperature in the energy-rich region has risen to unprecedented heights. Paradoxically, the very...