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Saudi Arabia Faces Nuclear Delays Without Tighter Monitoring

  • First reactor won’t be fueled until new IAEA rules adopted
  • U.S. probes of nuclear cooperation have cast light on kingdom
A satellite map shows Saudi Arabia’s research reactor.
A satellite map shows Saudi Arabia’s research reactor.Source: Googel Earth

Work on Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program, already subject to U.S. investigation, could face delays because the kingdom has yet to adopt the international monitoring rules needed before it can generate power.

Plans to start the kingdom’s first research reactor later this year, a unit sold by Argentina’s state-owned INVAP SE that will be used to train Saudi engineers, can’t move ahead until new surveillance arrangements have been sealed with the International Atomic Energy Agency.