on Tuesday signed with South Korea a nuclear cooperation agreement, which indicates
the oil-rich kingdom's determination to gain access to this technology. This
agreement was inked as the tension with nuclear weaponry in the Middle East is
growing. It also comes a few months after Arab News reported that Saudi
Arabia aims to construct, over the next two decades, 16 nuclear reactors with
price tags of roughly $7 billion each.
say the sole purpose is to meet Saudi Arabia’s growing demand for renewable
energy sources. The agreement is aimed at establishing a “legal framework that
strengthens scientific, technological and economic cooperation between the two
nations, while reaffirming their desire to place the highest priority on
nuclear safety and environmental protection,” an official at the King Abdullah
City for Atomic and Renewable Energy said. He added, in his statement, that the
deal was signed in Seoul.
terms, the two countries will cooperate in the “design, construction,
operation, maintenance and development of nuclear power plants.” the statement
added that the kingdom would launch an international invitation to tender for
the reactors that would be used in power generation and desalination in the
the officials from both parties claim that the cooperation will be used
exclusively for peaceful purposes, there have been some concerns that this
might not be entirely true. These fears revolve mostly around the grooving urge
for creation of atomic weapons in the Middle East and especially by Saudi
Arabia's regional rival, Iran.