Times Online UK: Six Arab states join rush to go nuclear
Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE and Saudi Arabia seek atom technology
The spectre of a nuclear race in the Middle East was raised yesterday when six Arab states announced that they were embarking on programmes to master atomic technology.
The move, which follows the failure by the West to curb Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, could see a rapid spread of nuclear reactors in one of the world’s most unstable regions, stretching from the Gulf to the Levant and into North Africa.
The countries involved were named by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. Tunisia and the UAE have also shown interest.
All want to build civilian nuclear energy programmes, as they are permitted to under international law. But the sudden rush to nuclear power has raised suspicions that the real intention is to acquire nuclear technology which could be used for the first Arab atomic bomb.
The feckless failure of the European Union and the United Nations in curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions has set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
The United States should NOT cooperate with this transfer of technology and should threaten withdrawl from the IAEA if they approve such.
The “POINT OF NO RETURN” for Israel and America to deal with Iran’s
nuclear weapon production uranium enrichment is fast approaching.
Iranian clergymen watch a Shahab-3 long-range ballistic missile fird by Iran ’s Revolutionary Guards in the desert outside the holy city of Qom. Iran has fired its longer-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile on exercise for the first time as it began 10 days of war games amid a mounting standoff with the West over its nuclear programme.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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