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King Abdullah: Jordan Seeking Nuclear Energy Program


Jordan's King Abdullah says his country is seeking its own nuclear energy program.

In an interview with Israel's Haaretz newspaper Friday, King Abdullah said Jordan wants nuclear power for peaceful purposes and has been discussing plans with the West.

In response to a question about Iran's nuclear program, King Abdullah said that Jordan had previously advocated a nuclear-free Middle East, but he said "the rules have changed" throughout the region. He also noted that Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council have begun looking into nuclear programs.

King Abdullah said he believes that any country with a nuclear program should conform to international regulations.

The United States and its Western allies say Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran denies the charges.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.