Crown Prince bin Salman launches Saudi Arabia’s first nuclear reactor

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has launched a project to build the first nuclear research reactor in the kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched seven strategic projects,  including a nuclear research reactor.

In March, MBS announced his country’s readiness to develop nuclear weapons in the event that Iran heads in that direction.

“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,” he told CBS, in an interview.

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MBS likened Iran’s supreme leader to Hitler, saying he “wants to create his own project in the Middle East”.

Monday’s announcement comes as the Trump administration’s sanctions against Iran, the toughest ever against the country, came into effect.

If the kingdom proceeds with the plan, it would become the second Gulf Arab state to launch a nuclear power project after the United Arab Emirates, which is building four South Korea-designed reactors.