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Tags: Jordan | nuclear | power | mideast

Jordan Wants to Become Nuclear Power

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 10:58 AM EDT

Jordan is set on becoming the Middle East's newest nuclear power, Jordanian King Abdullah told the Wall Street Journal in an interview over the weekend.

In the interview, King Abdullah accused Israel of pressuring countries like South Korea and France not to provide nuclear technology to Jordan. He said Israel's "underhanded" actions had helped bring Jordan-Israeli relations to their lowest point since a 1994 peace agreement.

"There are countries, Israel in particular, that are more worried about us being economically independent than the issue of nuclear energy, and have been voicing their concerns," King Abdullah stated. "There are many such reactors in the world and a lot more coming, so [the Israelis should] go mind their own business."

Large deposits of uranium were found in Jordan and the government is eager to develop these energy resources to increase its independence from oil imports.

The US, on the other hand, would like Amman to commit to importing its nuclear fuel to prevent the possibility of any uranium being diverted for military purposes.

Under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that Jordan has signed, Amman retains the right to produce its own uranium fuel.

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Jordan is set on becoming the Middle East's newest nuclear power, Jordanian King Abdullah told the Wall Street Journal in an interview over the weekend.
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Tuesday, 15 June 2010 10:58 AM
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