Saudi Arabia has other international partners to work with if the US does not sign a potential deal on nuclear power technology over nuclear proliferation concerns, the Kingdom’s Energy Minister Khalid al Falih has said. “If the US is not with us, they will lose the opportunity to influence the program in a positive way”, the minister added.
The kingdom is also in talks with companies from Russia, China, South Korea and other countries as the race to build two reactors in Saudi Arabia heats up.
Saudi Arabia has said it needs nuclear power to move away from burning crude oil to generate electricity and to diversify its economy. Earlier this month, its cabinet approved a national policy program that limits nuclear activities to peaceful purposes.