Saudi Arabia should not forfeit ‘sovereign’ right to enrich uranium: senior prince

22 Dec 2017   Nuclear, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia should not forfeit its “sovereign” right to one day enrich uranium under its planned civilian nuclear program, especially as world powers have allowed Iran to do so, a senior Saudi royal told Reuters. Former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal’s comments reinforced Riyadh’s stance on what is likely to be a sensitive issue in talks between Saudi Arabia and the United States on an agreement to help the kingdom develop atomic energy. Riyadh aims to start talks with the United States within weeks on a civilian nuclear cooperation pact, which is essential if U.S. firms are to bid in a multi-billion-dollar tender next year for building Saudi Arabia’s first two nuclear reactors. The reactors will be part of a wider program to produce electricity from atomic energy so that the kingdom can export more crude oil. Riyadh says it wants nuclear technology only for peaceful […]

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