When it comes to America’s allies in the Middle East, Washington has long “looked the other way” while they recklessly pursue questionable weapons technology. Think Pakistan’s nuclear program at a time when the Reagan administration prioritized fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, or Israel’s estimated 100 to possibly 200 undeclared nukes. This has more recently been the case with Saudi Arabia, where the kingdom has long been rumored to pursue nukes to gain dominance over Shia rival Iran. And now this willful looking the other way on banned weapons is coming back to bite Washington hard. “Saudi Arabia has constructed with Chinese help a facility for extracting uranium yellowcake from uranium ore, an advance in the oil-rich kingdom’s drive to master nuclear technology, according to Western officials with knowledge of the site,” The Wall Street Journal writes in a bombshell investigative report.
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