Report: Saudi Arabia Pushing Ahead with Plans to Build Nuclear Power Plant

[Jerusalem Post] Herb Keinon and Yaakov Katz - The Saudi newspaper Al-Watan reported Thursday that the kingdom was working on plans for its first nuclear power plant. The U.S. inked civil nuclear power deals with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates last year. Over the last two years, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, the UAE, Yemen, Morocco, Libya, Jordan and Egypt have all indicated an interest in developing nuclear programs, with Israeli officials saying that if these countries did not want the programs now for their military capabilities, they wanted the technology in place to keep "other options open" if Iran were to develop a bomb. "The Saudis are genuinely scared of what will happen if Iran turns nuclear," one official said. "This is part of their response."

2009-08-21 08:00:00

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