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Is China Helping Saudi Arabia build a nuclear bomb?

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by essentialsaltes, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    [There is] news in the Wall Street Journal that Saudi Arabia, with Chinese help, has built a plant to process uranium ore. Although the story made the front page, the Journal may have underplayed its significance.

    The plant, near the remote town of AlUla, is in the northwest of the kingdom, about midway between the holy city of Medina and Tabuk, the side furthest from Iran. Apparently U.S. officials have known of the plant’s existence for months, perhaps years, and appear to have leaked or briefed their concerns to the Journal’s reporters. The role of the plant is to produce “yellowcake,” a semi-processed form of uranium, itself the crucial ingredient for both nuclear power reactors and atomic bombs.

    Until Journal reporters asked the Saudis for comment, Riyadh had not acknowledged the existence of the plant. In terms of international protocols, that’s sort of OK — but it suggests a lack of openness inconsistent with peaceful intent. China wasn’t a comforting choice as a partner in this respect, either. Beijing can provide the necessary expertise, but its previous experience with such facilities has included Iran and Pakistan.

    The kingdom has not been good at putting Washington at ease. In 2018, while visiting the U.S., Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, or MbS, told 60 Minutes: “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.”

    Anxieties were further tweaked last year, when China was discovered to be building a ... missile factory in the Saudi desert. The layout of that plant was virtually identical to one constructed in Pakistan in the 1990s.
     
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  2. Running2win

    Running2win Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info! :oldthumbsup: Some think the Zech 5 (the flying scroll) is a missile from Iran. It's pretty big and has writing on it. The Islamic bomb? Could be a link?
     
  3. Aryeh Jay

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    Yellowcake just has so many negative connotations associated with it.

    Beijing is the logical source for help. China want’s a better foothold in the Middle East and needs Saudi oil.

    Russia has both oil and Turkey.
     
  4. Running2win

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    And Iran and Turkey hates the Saudis.
     
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