Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has launched a project to build the first nuclear research reactor in the kingdom. According to Saudi Press Agency, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched seven strategic projects in renewable energy, atomic energy, water desalination, genetic medicine and the aircraft industry during his visit to King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology on Monday.
Nuclear research reactor and a centre for the development of aircraft structures are the two most significant projects. Crown Prince had announced his country’s readiness to develop nuclear weapons in the event that Iran heads in that direction in March.
In an interview to CBS a US broadcaster he said, “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”