Jordan to accelerate nuclear program

Monday, August 27, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday called for an acceleration of his kingdom's nuclear energy program in order to decrease the nation's dependence on imported energy, reported the Petra news agency.

Jordanian energy chief Khaled al-Shraydeh recently announced that the country possesses more than enough processed and raw uranium to fuel the nuclear program.

Jordan joins Egypt and six Persian Gulf states that also recently launched peaceful nuclear programs.

Analysts have expressed concern that has Iran's nuclear program advances, nuclear programs in Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia could become military in nature in order to counter the Iranian threat. If that happens, future, less stable regimes in Amman, Cairo and Riyadh could be in possession of devastating weapons of mass destruction.

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