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Saudi Arabia launches 1st nuclear plant project

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched a project Monday to build the kingdom’s first nuclear research reactor, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The nuclear project is among the seven strategic projects also covering such fields as the aircraft industry, renewable energy and water desalination.

Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest oil-exporting countries, has been stepping up plans to develop a civilian nuclear energy capability.

The crown prince said in March that Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if Iran does so. There is so far no known nuclear weapons program in the kingdom.

All — Kyodo News+

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