Saudi Arabia announces that it wants to go nuclear – fearing that Iran & # 39; s deal of arms in the region will begin arms race
- Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman told the energy conference in Abu Dhabi
- Plans to open a tender for the first two new nuclear reactors in the Gulf state
- MBS said Saudi would try to enrich itself with weapon quality if Shia Iran did
- Comes when Iran starts enriching uranium and the 2015 JCPOA agreement levels have passed
Saudi Arabia wants to enrich uranium in the future to feed its planned nuclear energy program, said the energy minister Monday, a sensitive step that could complicate the involvement of US companies in the plan.
& # 39; The world's largest oil exporter has said he wants to use the metal to diversify his energy mix, but uranium enrichment also opens up the possibility of military use of the material, the core of Western and regional concerns about Iran's atomic work.
& # 39; We are careful … we are experimenting with two nuclear reactors, & # 39; said Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, referring to a plan to launch a tender for the first two nuclear reactors of the Gulf Arab state.
The newly appointed Saudi energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman (pictured here at the World Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi), has declared his country's desire to register for two nuclear reactors in the middle of the US-Iran spit the uranium limited use of the Islamic Republic
Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman embraces his brother, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after taking his oath in the port of the Red Sea of Jedda. He told an energy conference that Saudi Arabia was planning to continue the full cycle of the nuclear program, including the enrichment of uranium for fuel
He told an energy conference in Abu Dhabi that the kingdom ultimately wanted to continue the full cycle of the nuclear program, including the production and enrichment of uranium for fuel.
The tender is expected in 2020, with American, Russian, South Korean, Chinese and French companies involved in preparatory talks about the multi-billion dollar project.
But the issue of uranium enrichment was a bottleneck with Washington, especially after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in 2018 that the Sunni Muslim kingdom would develop nuclear weapons if regional rival Shiite Muslim Iran did.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, pictured on the left, can be seen in the unveiling of the Fateh-313 rocket from the surface to the surface or, Conquest Rocket. US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal that sought to limit Iran's ability to develop a warhead. The Islamic Republic recently stated that the uranium will begin to enrich and has exceeded the limits of the deal
A general view of the Iranian nuclear power plant in Bushehr, southern Iran. Iran has exceeded the limit of its stock of low-enriched uranium by more than 300 kg, which was established in a milestone 2015 nuclear deal with world powers
Saudi Arabia has the campaign & # 39; maximum pressure & # 39; of President Donald Trump backed Iran against withdrawing the United States from a 2015 nuclear pact that disputes Iran's disputed nuclear program in exchange for sanctions.
To allow American companies to compete for the Saudi Arabia project, Riyadh should normally sign an agreement on the peaceful use of nuclear technology with Washington under the US Atomic Energy Act.
Saudi officials said they would not sign a deal that would deprive the kingdom of the possibility of enriching uranium in the future or reprocessing spent fuel – both possible routes to a bomb
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