IAEA Urges Saudis to Accept Safeguards Agreement on Nuclear Material

Saudis need to replace small quantities protocol for new reactor

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is calling on Saudi Arabia to sign a comprehensive safeguards agreement for nuclear material, as the Trump Administration rushes to deliver nuclear technology to them.

IAEA Director Amano Yukiya noted that the Saudis are not violating anything yet, and haven’t refused to sign a safeguards agreement – they just haven’t responded. The Saudis are currently under a small quantities protocol signed in 2005.

In 2014, the Saudis submitted plans to the IAEA for a nuclear reactor, and material could be introduced by the end of this year, at which point they would need to have a proper safeguards agreement.

There is substantial concern that the Saudis might divert nuclear material to military uses, and that’s got the IAEA particularly interested in getting their system in place to keep an eye on it.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.