Saudi Arabia donates $3.5 to IAEA, UN nuclear watchdog

Saudi Arabia has donated $3.5 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

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The majority ($2.5 million) will go to the IAEA’s initiative to help modernize its laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria.

The funding will be used to build the agency’s regulatory capabilities to maximize the benefits of nuclear technology.

It will also be used in part to provide resources and services to IAEA Member States to ensure the safe use of nuclear technology.

The remaining $1 million will support the agency’s initiative to fight zoonotic diseases using nuclear technology.

“These donations are a continuation of the Kingdom’s continued support for the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency and its initiatives to develop its capabilities in a way that enhances its vital role in harnessing the atom for peace,” the Saudi Press Agency said. .

The IAEA, which is the nuclear non-proliferation body of the United Nations, is currently investigating traces of enriched uranium found at several research sites in Iran.

Iran’s foreign minister said last week that the IAEA should drop its investigations, as talks continue between the Islamic Republic and the United States aimed at reviving a 2015 deal that would lift sanctions.

The White House responded on Friday, saying dropping the probes should not be a condition for reviving the deal.

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