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6 Arab Countries Want Nuclear Technology

From those lovers of nuclear proliferation at the BBC:

Saudi Arabi’s King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan (L) attend the opening ceremony of the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh December 9, 2006. Saudi Arabia called on Gulf Arab leaders meeting in Riyadh on Saturday to set aside their differences to make economic union a reality in the energy-rich region.

Gulf states announce nuclear plan

Six oil-rich Gulf nations have said they are considering seeking nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Officials from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE also urged a peaceful settlement to the crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme.

The six Arab states said they were exploring the possibility of creating a shared nuclear programme.

They stressed their right to nuclear energy and emphasised that any programme would be peaceful.

Officials from the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) – a grouping of regional states – have been meeting in Riyadh.

A GCC statement released on Sunday said: "The states of the region have a right to possess nuclear technology for peaceful purposes."

‘No threat’

GCC members have expressed concern over neighbouring Iran’s refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, but the Saudi foreign minister denied that the move was in reaction to the Iran crisis.

"It is not a threat… It is an announcement so that there will be no misinterpretation for what we are doing," Prince Saud al-Faisal told reporters.

The US and other Western countries say that Iran is secretly developing nuclear weapons, a charge Iran denies.

The grouping of Gulf states said they wanted a region free of weapons of destruction and called on Israel to renounce nuclear weapons.

You see the benefits of allowing Ahmadinejad to have a nuclear weapons program? Now everybody will want one.

And, indeed, the Sunnis of these other countries are right to fear with Shiite Iran will do with theirs.

Thanks again, Mr. Annan.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, December 10th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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