CNN: Saudi Nuclear Program Development Sparks Great Concern

Saudi Arabia’s advance in its nuclear plan is a source of great concern because of the distrust in Riyadh, an aggressor to Yemen and a violator of human rights in the world.

In a report published on Sunday, the US news network CNN has addressed the nuclear programme of the Arab kingdom, in particular the construction of the first atomic reactor by the Saudi regime in Riyadh (the capital), which was revealed in satellite images.

“The acceleration of Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program is causing great concern in the U.S. Congress, and will also increase tension in the region,” says the report, which underscores the mistrust of the Saudi authorities among U.S. senators, especially after the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Riyadh consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

There is much uncertainty and fear in the United States, adds the report, about the policy of the administration of President Donald Trump towards the nuclear program of the Al Saud, which the U.S. president sees as a close ally that favors their economic and political interests.

“The last thing the U.S. should do is help develop nuclear weapons for a bad actor on the world stage,” said Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, according to CNN.

Despite concerns and while the Arab monarchy has not yet accepted the international standards necessary to ensure that its atomic programme is not used in the construction of nuclear weapons, it has been revealed that the Trump Administration has granted six secret authorizations for the sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

Many experts fear that this would be the Saud’s first step towards nuclear weapons. A Saudi nuclear race is of great concern, given the crimes committed by that regime, which since 2015 has been leading an aggression against Yemen, which has left thousands of civilians dead and caused the worst humanitarian crisis in the poorest country in the Arab world.

Faced with such concerns, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has demanded that Saudi Arabia apply nuclear safeguards to its atomic programme, which the oil monarchy has so far failed to do.

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