PressTV-Any Saudi nuclear deal must entail ‘gold standard’

US Senator Ed Markey has expressed concern over the Trump administration’s efforts to sign a nuclear cooperation deal with Saudi Arabia for the construction of nuclear reactors.

Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said any nuclear deal with Riyadh must require a non-proliferation accord, known as a “123 agreement,” which is designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

“Previous US efforts to conclude a 123 agreement with Saudi Arabia have been unsuccessful because of its long-standing refusal to commit to foregoing any uranium enrichment or spent-fuel reprocessing on its territory — the so-called… ‘gold standard’ for 123 agreements,” Markey said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, AFP reported.

Perry will head to London to meet with Saudi officials on Friday.

The talks were frozen under the administration of former President…

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