Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said that his country is committed to the peaceful use of nuclear energy in various fields, including the National Atomic Energy Project.
In his speech during the meetings of the Atomic Energy Agency, on Monday, the minister added that the Kingdom “cooperates closely with the Atomic Energy Agency in developing its project.”
Four years ago, Saudi Arabia began the idea of establishing its national atomic energy project for peaceful use, and it consists of large nuclear reactors with an electrical capacity estimated between 1200 and 1600 megawatts of electrical capacity per reactor.
In April 2016, Saudi Arabia, which is the largest oil exporter in the world, announced its future vision 2030, and it aims to generate renewable energy of up to 9.5 gigawatts by 2023, mainly from solar and wind energy.
“We stress the need for countries to abide by the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, while preserving their right to benefit from the peaceful uses of atomic energy, and to invest their natural resources in a safe environment from nuclear threats,” bin Salman continued.
He said that the Kingdom calls on the international community to achieve the ultimate goal of practically complete disarmament of nuclear weapons, to achieve the provisions of the treaty, expressing his country’s concern about Iran’s lack of commitment and the lack of transparency of its nuclear program.
He pointed out his country’s emphasis on the need to confront nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, which necessitates dealing with the Israeli nuclear threat, which threatens the security of the Middle East and the world at large.