FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, then-Crown Prince Salman, left, speaks with his son, Prince Mohammed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
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An American legislator has expressed concern over the Trump administration's efforts to sign a nuclear cooperation accord with Saudi Arabia, which is preparing to build several reactors.Democratic Senator Ed Markey, of Massachusetts, says any deal is "almost certain" to require a non-proliferation accord, known as a "123 agreement," of the type the United States has previously signed with South Korea and India, and which is designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. A nuclear accord between Riyadh and Washington would allow US corporations to export their nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, while tensions are high surrounding the civil nuclear program of Riyadh's regional rival Iran.US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up a 2015 global pact under which Iran -- facing suspicions it was working towards a nuclear bomb -- agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.
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