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Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East. By Leheb Wahab *


Introduction: With the focus of the international community confined to a great degree to Iran’s nuclear capability, a trend has emerged in the MENA region with more and more countries vying for nuclear technology albeit for peaceful purposes, primarily as a mean to produce electricity preserving its hydrocarbon industry, i.e., the oil gas sector and maximizing its return from exporting the two commodities. This development is seen as a counter balance to the threat of Iran nuclear capability. An interesting point worth pondering ,however, is that all the Middle Eastern  Countries, Iran included  ( together with Turkey ) are all signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)  and thus abide by the rules and regulations set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) , with the exception of  Israel, that has a well-developed  nuclear  programme, with more than 400 nuclear warheads at Dimona facility in the Negev desert.

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Lehab Atta Wahab-Nuclear proliferation in the Middle East-draft 1


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