GCC denies Saudi press reports of intentions to build nuclear reactors


What was published by Al-Jazeera newspaper is "unrealiable," a source at the GCC secretariat said in a statment.



He noted that an upcoming meeting between the GCC and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was previously planned and was within a preliminary feasibility study to use nuclear technologies for peaceful means.



The source said GCC leaders, in their December 2006 summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, did not mention the construction of nuclear reactors but instructed the preparation of a study to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and within the IAEA guidelines.



The six GCC states are keen to fully cooperate with the Vienna-based IAEA to guarantee the peaceful use of nuclear energy for power generation and water desalination, said the source.



The GCC is made up of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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