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Saudi Arabia’s Atomic Ambition Is Being Fueled by a UN Watchdog

  • IAEA and China are helping kingdom tap uranium resources
  • Uranium is the key ingredient for atomic power and bombs

The United Nations nuclear watchdog has been working in parallel with Chinese officials to help Saudi Arabia exploit uranium -- the key ingredient for nuclear power and weapons -- despite its inspectors being frozen out of the kingdom.

The International Atomic Energy Agency published a document ahead of its annual conference next week showing the Vienna-based organization assisting Saudi efforts to make nuclear fuel. An institute in Beijing affiliated with the IAEA has been prospecting for uranium in Saudi Arabia.