Nuclear Power Stations: Saudi Arabia

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are seeking assurances from the government of Saudi Arabia that the 15 nuclear power stations planned to be built with Russian involvement will not result in the production of fissile material that could be used to produce nuclear weapons.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) sets the framework for States to pursue peaceful nuclear technology with appropriate safeguards to prevent that technology being used to develop nuclear weapons. Saudi Arabia is a member of the NPT, and we expect them to continue to remain in compliance with their Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as they develop their civil nuclear programme. We also continue to encourage Saudi Arabia to join the many non-nuclear weapon States that have given the IAEA additional information about their nuclear activities, and expanded access to check it, by signing an Additional Protocol to their Safeguards Agreement.

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