US lawmakers want to understand how the Trump administration let private US corporations give sensitive nuclear information to Saudi Arabia.
The US Department of Energy granted seven permits allowing early-stage nuclear power technology be sold to Saudi Arabia.
Google Earth satellite imagery reveals Saudi Arabia’s first reactor will be operational in 2019. State-owned Argentinian manufacturer Invap SE designed and supervised construction of the—relatively small—30-kilowatt reactor.
Experts are concerned about nations acquiring nuclear capabilities without agreeing to non-proliferation treaties. Saudi Arabia has not signed the international charters which ensure civilian atomic programs aren’t used to build weapons.
How should we regulate sensitive nuclear information flowing from private-sector entities to foreign states?
Should there be disqualifying factors? Or is unfettered knowledge transmission necessary for nuclear development—considered an effective carbon-free energy source?
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