The Wall Street Journal came out with an exclusive report saying that Saudi Arabia has expanded its nuclear program with the help of China.
A new facility in the country’s northwest region is raising flags, and it’s reportedly being used to harvest yellowcake uranium. So, it’s going to be crucial that Saudi Arabia commits to full safeguards under the IAEA (The International Atomic Energy Agency).
We think the U.S. should negotiate a set of agreements that forego enrichment and reprocessing, which are really the two kinds of technologies that would be most concerning in terms of pivoting from a civil program to a weapons program.
But the key here is to recognize that the companies that the Saudis are doing business with in China are state-owned enterprises, and those companies are the same ones involved in China’s massive nuclear buildup. All this must be done because of their nuclear weapons crash program, and that should be a significant concern.
China is also partnering with Iran on certain economic things, such as the 400 billion deal that being talked about between Iran and China. Iran has the ambitions to get their own nuclear weapons, and today we should talk about driving the next generation of nuclear arms control agreements.
It’s essential that we do not see a destabilizing nuclear arms race emerge, particularly in Asia, and unfortunately, the Chinese are taking us there.
A few weeks ago, President Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone, looking to renegotiate the new start program, the last nuclear arms treaty between U.S and Russia.
Last week the President said that this outside of Marine One and he said right now – we are the great nuclear power, we’ve upgraded our nuclear tremendously since we have the most power. Russia is second, and China is third, so we would want to talk to china eventually about this.
Meanwhile, China’s doing these side deals, and the one with Iran should be the most concerning. Also, the most concerning is what China is doing itself, because just like with the coronavirus, China is throwing up a Great Wall of secrecy to the world regarding its nuclear buildup.
The Global Times, which is the Chinese communist party’s mouthpiece, just a few months ago called for China to have a thousand deployed nuclear warheads. Just for comparison, the United States and Russia under the new start treaty have limited themselves to 1500 warheads.
So this is a really alarming and secretive buildup by the Chinese communist party under chairman Xi.