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Washington sets conditions to supply Riyadh with nuclear technology

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The United States has sent a letter to Riyadh containing its concerns and conditions about the transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.

On September 4, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry sent a letter to former Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih regarding US conditions and concerns about the transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

The letter contained conditions for the transfer of nuclear technology, including Saudi Arabia’s non-participation in uranium enrichment or reprocessing.

Washington has also stipulated Saudi Arabia’s approval for the IAEA to conduct proper and deliberate inspections in the country.

The US administration will not allow South Korea to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. Seoul has previously indicated its intention to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia, including US technology.

In March, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry admitted that he had approved licenses for US companies to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

On the other hand, South Korea is looking to win the project to build the first nuclear power plant in Saudi Arabia, as it seeks to expand the export of nuclear technology.

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