Friday, November 2, 2007

Gulf states suggest Iran nuclear compromise

from AFP

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) in London that the plan would mean Tehran could continue developing nuclear energy while removing fears that the project was a cover for an atomic weapons drive ... Under the reported GCC plan, its members -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) -- would establish a uranium enrichment plant in a neutral country outside the Middle East. Faisal told MEED he believed the new plant "should be in a neutral country -- Switzerland, for instance. Any plant in the Middle East that needs enriched uranium would get its quota. I don't think other Arab states would refuse. In fact, since the decision of the GCC to enter into this industry, the other Arab countries have expressed a desire to be part of the proposal." He added that Iran was considering the GCC offer. Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya and Yemen as well as the six GCC states have all said that they want to pursue peaceful nuclear projects.

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