Saudi Arabia and Korea agree to cooperate

15 November 2011

Saudi Arabia and South Korea have signed a cooperation agreement on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The agreement covers areas including research and development, the design, development and operation of a nuclear power plant and nuclear safety and security issues, as well as laying the legal foundations for the export of nuclear items. The pact is the third such agreement signed by Saudi Arabia this year, following agreements with Argentina and France. The text was signed by South Korean foreign minister Kim Sung-Hwan and Hashim Yamani, president of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy. Saudi Arabia is also working on developing nuclear cooperation with China, Russia, the Czech Republic, the UK and the USA, according to a statement published through the Saudi Press Agency.