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Other Nuclear Programs

Syrian nuclear plant al-Kibar, destroyed by Israeli bombers in 2007
Syrian nuclear plant al-Kibar, destroyed by Israeli bombers in 2007

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

Further Reading

A brief survey of the nuclear programs in the Middle East.
Israel's nuclear program dates back to the early years of the state. Apart from scientific research, the program is almo...
Iran's nuclear program dates back to the 1970s when Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi decided that oil in the ground was bette...

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