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Gulf Papers Report US Government Blocking Nuclear Energy in Saudi Arabia

In May 2018, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and stated that the US was asking Saudi Arabia to forswear enriching uranium and reprocessing plutonium in order to sign a civilian nuclear cooperative agreement with the US. While forgoing these two activities would still allow Saudi Arabia to develop nuclear energy, multiple Arabic newspapers based in the Persian Gulf have reported that this development means that Saudi Arabia will no longer achieve its "nuclear dream."

Jun 06, 2018

Washington Thwarts The Saudi Nuclear Dream
Al Jazeera
May 24, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pomeo said ... "the Saudis have expressed their desire for a peaceful nuclear program, so we have told them that they must meet the optimal standard of non-enrichment. This is exactly what we've asked of Iran."

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America Aborts Saudi Arabia's Dream of Entering the Nuclear Club
Al-Sharq
May 26, 2018

Washington has aborted Saudi Arabia's dream of entering the nuclear clu. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington told Riyadh, which is hoping to develop a peaceful nuclear program, that the it has no right to enrich uranium according to criteria approved by the US.

To read the full article in the original Arabic, click here.

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