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Study said to find Saudis may have enough uranium to make own nuclear fuel

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Saudi Arabia likely has sufficient uranium reserves to produce nuclear fuel domestically, according to a British newspaper report on Thursday.

Citing a study by Saudi and Chinese geologists, the Guardian said the 90,000 tons of uranium ore identified at three deposits in the Gulf kingdom could be enough for Saudi Arabia to fuel its nascent nuclear program and still have some to export.

The most promising reserve appeared to be near Neom, a planned smart city in the northwest of the country.

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China has been assisting Saudi Arabia in developing a facility to extract yellowcake from uranium ore, which can be enriched into fuel for a nuclear weapon. Reports last month cited US officials expressing concern that Riyadh could be headed toward developing an atomic bomb.

The report viewed by the Guardian was prepared by the Beijing Research Institute of Uranium Geology and China National Nuclear Corporation, along with the Saudi Geological Survey. In this photo released by Xinhua........

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