Those six states are Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. In all six cases, they are talking only of developing civilian nuclear energy programs, as international law permits that. But no one doubts that this sudden interest in nuclear power has military implications.
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Comment: One can't help but get a certain grim satisfaction from this development. It suggests that however much the Arabic-speaking leaders inveigh against Israel and its nuclear weapons, they know at base that not it but Iran threatens them. Or why, all these decades, would they not have responded in like fashion to Israel's well-known nuclear capability? (November 4, 2006)