So much for a nuke-free Middle East

U.S. helping longtime ally develop power plants, 1 step from  weapons

F. Michael Maloof,, 08/17/13 – F. Michael Maloof, staff writer for WND and  G2Bulletin, is a former senior security policy analyst in the office of the secretary of defense.


WASHINGTON – The United States is helping Saudi Arabia develop nuclear  energy, which would put the Islamic kingdom only a step away from the capability  of making nuclear weapons, according to report from  Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

While the transaction may be a bonanza for the U.S. nuclear industry, there  are concerns in Congress and elsewhere over the prospect of giving the Saudis  nuclear know-how.

For economic reasons, the Saudis are looking to nuclear energy as an  alternative to reliance on oil for domestic consumption, due to increasing  demand.

Instead, they want to use the oil to acquire hard currency while they can,  especially in view of the cutback in oil purchases which prominent Saudis have  warned about as they argue for developing alternative industries.
At the same time, the Saudis see Iran working on its own nuclear development  program, which the U.S. and other Western countries believe is a cover for  developing nuclear weapons.
The Saudis have threatened to develop their own nuclear weapons if it turns  out that Iran is heading in that direction.
As WND reported, the Saudis helped finance Pakistan’s nuclear weapons  development program and could have Islamabad send a number of weapons for  storage in the Saudi kingdom. There have been unconfirmed reports that the  Pakistanis have done just that to guard against the prospect that Islamist  militants could get their hands on nuclear devices.
For their part, the Iranians have denied that they are working on developing  nuclear weapons and point to the fact that they are a signatory to the Nuclear  Non-Proliferation Treaty, which allows for nuclear enrichment.
The Israelis, however, believe this enrichment effort is toward developing  fuel for nuclear weapons. As a result, Israel has threatened to attack Iran’s  nuclear facilities.
Right now, the Iranians are assessed to be able to enrich uranium up to 20  percent, which is suitable for nuclear medicine. Far less enrichment – some 5  percent – would be useful for refueling nuclear reactors, which Iran plans to  expand with Russian help in the coming years.
Unlike Iran, however, the Israelis are not a signatory to the NPT, and they  are not a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
To make nuclear weapons, uranium needs to be enriched to purity levels of 90  percent or more, a level which Israel believes Iran is approaching.
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One response

  1. With tensions in the Middle East at an all time high, it should be high time that the U.S. and it’s allies nuke the entire area as well as all Islamic states to hell. The war on terrorism started with Al Queda and it’s radical Islamic terrorists and has caused an escalation of violence in the middle eastern states since. The areas of Lebanon Syria Jordan Iraq and Iran have known conflict for centuries and its time that we in the civilized west put a stop to it by dropping a few nukes and destroying the trouble makers and having a civilized peace. If these radicals are doing it in the almighty name of Allah, then their god is just as worthless as they are themselves.

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