BINTANGNEWS.com – Saudi Arabia’s rulers have asked the US to help them expand the oil-rich kingdom’s nuclear program to include uranium enrichment, a move that experts warn is not to be taken lightly considering the Riyadhregime’s never-ending thirst for political and military dominance in the Middle East region.
When US President Donald Trump chose Saudi Arabia instead of Israel as the first destination on his debut Middle East tour last year, the common consensus was that Riyadh enjoyed a special place on the new American administration’s agenda.
During the trip in May, Trump secured a $110 billion deal to provide Saudis with advanced weapons. The news rattled even Israeli leaders who thought the Tel Aviv regime would lose its self-proclaimed military superiority in the region as a result.
The biggest outcome of the trip, however, was yet to come.
Barely a month later, Saudi King Salman ousted his nephew, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as next-in-line to the throne and replaced him with his then-31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).
Trump apparently took joy in the move and projected it as a victory for himself. “We put our man on top,” is what he said in reaction to MBS’ rise to power, according to the controversial book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
With the young, ambitious prince on top, Saudi soon developed an appetite for change in various areas, including nuclear.
Having already signed an agreement with the US in 2008 for a “civilian” nuclear program, the Riyadh regime now wanted more.
There are reports that US Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih are slated to meet in the British capital London to discuss a possible expansion of the current nuclear agreements that would allow Riyadh enrich uranium and extract plutonium while giving American companies the chance to build nuclear reactors in the kingdom.***
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