Chronicle of the Middle East and North Africa

Other Nuclear Programs

Partly by way of a reaction to the above-described Israeli and Iranian programs, in recent years several other Middle Eastern countries have expressed interest in this question. The most important ones are:

  • Libya whose program was terminated in 2003 as part of an agreement with the United States and Great Britain
  • Jordan, which in April 2010 announced the purchase of a research reactor from South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia, whose rulers have repeatedly referred to the matter without apparently doing much to get things moving
  • Syria seemed to have been in the early stages of building a North-Korean designed reactor, in 2007, when another Israeli air strike put an end to the effort