Saudi Arabia, S. Korea enhance nuclear safety cooperation

Korean Ambassador Kwon Pyung-oh
Updated 21 December 2016
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Saudi Arabia, S. Korea enhance nuclear safety cooperation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has sent about 40 technical personnel to South Korea for training in the field of nuclear safety, safety regulations and technical know-how, to establish an infrastructure for nuclear power safety control systems.
A delegation from the Riyadh-based King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) will also visit Seoul to discuss how to expand further cooperation in nuclear field.
“This important training program has been organized within the framework of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently signed between KACARE and South Korea’s Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC),” said Korean Ambassador Kwon Pyung-oh, here Monday. Kwon pointed out that “the Saudi personnel will undergo training for two to three years at the NSSC facilities.”
In the interview, the Korean envoy spoke about the growing bilateral relations with special reference to the agreement between the two countries in the field of nuclear energy and safeguards. He said that the Saudi-Korean Joint Commission Meeting will be held during the first half of next year, when both sides will discuss a range of issues including cooperation programs in different sectors.
Referring to the deployment of Saudi technical personnel to Seoul for training, the envoy pointed out that the trainees would gain experiences and practice in the areas of regulating nuclear safety, safeguards, and physical and radiation protection, besides working jointly on relevant research projects.
Among the areas of cooperation will be research and development of nuclear safety technology; nuclear safety regulation— compilation and implementation of safety regulations; safety inspections of nuclear power plants; and nuclear power plant construction. It also covers equipment supervision and administration; nuclear emergency preparedness; radiation monitoring and protection; safety in radioactive waste management; and other areas that could be mutually agreed upon later.
The cooperation is to be carried out through the exchange of information and staff, as well as by launching joint studies. The MoU between KACARE and NSSC, signed last month, followed the inter-governmental agreement the two countries, signed in November 2011, on cooperation in the development and implementation of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. In March 2015, South Korea and Saudi Arabia signed another MoU to jointly promote the System-integrated Modular Advanced Reactor (SMART).
The Kingdom is committed to the peaceful use of nuclear energy and has also signed nuclear cooperation agreements with other countries including Argentina, China, Finland, France, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Russia.


King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

Updated 1 min 19 sec ago
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King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

  • Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Islamic Summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman has called for the convening of two summits of Gulf and Arab states to be held on May 30 in Makkah.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Islamic Summit.

According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, King Salman has sent an invitation to the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and leaders of other Arab countries to two summits to discuss the recent attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis in the UAE and on Saudi Arabia's oil pipelines and their repercussions on the region. 

“The attack on ships in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates and the terrorist-backed Iran-backed Houthi militias’ attack on two oil pumping stations in the Kingdom have serious implications for regional and international peace and security and for the supply and stability of world oil markets,” the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.