A report by the Israeli “Walla” media website, which is close to Israeli intelligence, stated that Tel Aviv is concerned about cooperation between Saudi Arabia and China in the nuclear field, and Washington has informed of this.
According to the report, senior Israeli intelligence officials called their US counterparts to express their “grave concern” about the cooperation between Riyadh and Beijing.
Israeli officials stated to the website, whose names were not disclosed, that the talk was about a secret factory of primitive materials used in uranium enrichment in Saudi Arabia near the capital, Riyadh.
The officials pointed out that the disclosure of this cooperation came in the media reports of the American “Wall Street Journal” and “New York Times” earlier, and contained satellite images of the aforementioned plant.
The officials pointed out that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office deals with the file as being very sensitive politically, as Israel considers Saudi Arabia an important ally in the face of Iran.
The officials added that the Israeli intelligence services, the ministries of foreign affairs, intelligence and defense, and the Atomic Energy Commission are following the developments of what they described as the Saudi “nuclear program”, but the Prime Minister’s Office directed not to address this issue in any way.
“There are worrisome indications,” Walla said, “but it is not clear enough yet what exactly is going on in this facility”.
He added that this issue “is also unclear to the Americans and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and whether the agency intends to verify this”.