Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman stressed on Monday that the Kingdom was committed to its policy over the peaceful use of nuclear power, by following the highest standards of transparency and degrees of security.
He stressed that Saudi Arabia was working on developing the peaceful uses of nuclear technology in various fields in line with its Saudi National Atomic Energy that it is closely cooperating on developing with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Addressing a meeting of IAEA member states in Vienna on Monday, Prince Abdulaziz underscored Riyadh’s support to all efforts aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
The Kingdom underlines the need for countries to commit to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, while reserving their right to benefit from the peaceful uses of atomic energy and investing in their natural resources in a secure environment, away from nuclear threat, he continued.
Saudi Arabia urges the international community to achieve the higher objective of the treaty in preventing the spread of nuclear arms, he stated, while expressing the Kingdom’s concern over Iran’s lack of transparency over its nuclear program.
Saudi Arabia stresses the need to confront nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, including the danger of a nuclear Israel that poses a threat to the region and world, he remarked.
Prince Abdulaziz also noted that the IAEA had broken ground for the Nuclear Security Training and Demonstration Center for which Saudi Arabia had pledged 10 million dollars.