Iran: Saudi Arabia conducts secret nuclear activities
Iran has called on Saudi Arabia to open its nuclear program to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for allegedly setting up secret facilities for processing “yellowcake” used as fuel in nuclear reactors
Kazim Garibabadi, the Permanent Representative of Iran to the IAEA, said that Saudi Arabia maintains its nuclear activities in a confidential and away from transparent manner.
Reminding that the Riyadh administration is a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and has made a comprehensive security agreement with the IAEA, Garibabadi said, “Saudi Arabia, however, unfortunately, avoids the agency’s commitment to adopt safeguards and does not allow inspections despite the agency’s persistent demands.”
Garibabadi called on the IAEA and the international community to expose the Riyadh administration’s “secret” nuclear program, “If Saudi Arabia wants to use nuclear energy peacefully, it should accept the agency’s relevant commitments and act in a completely transparent manner.” he said.
– The allegation that Saudi Arabia built a secret nuclear facility
The US’s Wall Street Journal reported that it was building a secret facility with the support of China in the sparsely populated city of Al-Ula, located in the north of Medina, in Saudi Arabia, to extract yellowcake from the uranium mine, in a report published on August 4.
Upon this, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Ministry argued that the news in question was not true.