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Nuclear Issues Sharpen Focus on U.S.-Saudi Relations

Simon Henderson

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The Hill

April 2, 2019

Those who favor helping the Saudis develop their nuclear industry are running up against skeptics who fear Riyadh cannot be trusted with such capabilities.

A nuclear war is in prospect between Congress and the Trump administration. Saudi Arabia wants nuclear power plants for generating electricity and desalination. To access U.S. technology, Riyadh needs to sign a so-called 123 Agreement. There are powerful economic arguments why oil-rich countries like the kingdom need nuclear power. In Congress, however, there is a bipartisan belief—likely reinforced by intelligence briefings on the demise of Jamal Khashoggi—that the mercurial Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is not reliable...

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