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Sudan reveals intention to pursue nuclear energy


November 4, 2008 (KHARTOUM) – A Sudanese official disclosed today that his country is contemplating developing a nuclear power programme for scientific research.

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Electricity pylons stand in front of Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant on July 9, 2008 in Grafenrheinfeld near Wuerzburg, Germany (Getty)

The Sudanese minister for Science and Technology Ibrahim Ahmed Omer told the official news agency (SUNA) that his government received approval for its plans from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Omer said that IAEA will fund the programme jointly with the Sudanese government. However he did not say if a formal agreement has been signed.

The Sudanese official noted that the world is moving towards using peaceful use of nuclear energy to produce electricity.

He further said that despite Sudan’s diverse energy sources its devising plans for any future needs to make use of the available technology in different aspects.

Sudan is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which allows countries to build nuclear power stations under international supervision. Its northern neighbor Egypt is already working on constructing a nuclear power station that is expected to be completed within the next 10 years.

Omer said he toured Japan, Austria and Mozambique to brief officials there on the needs of Sudan and opportunities to strengthen bilateral cooperation.


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  • 5 November 2008 06:54, by Deng Dekuek

    This is some really worrying news coming out of North and warrants an effective response from the People’s Movement. There is no way, North should be allowed to build nuclear facilities and capability in our vicinity. Something must be done before its too late!

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    • 5 November 2008 08:29, by tayeb M. Alhassan

      Dear Mr. Deng Dekuek.

      You are speaking as if South Sudan has already raised flag as an independent state to oppose intended development projects that concern all current Sudan. I think it is premature and wisdom less to speak definite in terms of suppositions.

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      • 5 November 2008 15:24, by Deng Dekuek

        You seem to assume that Southern Sudan in under the effective control of Khartoum. You need to read the polls and see the wishes of the people as to what is the most likely outcome of 2011. In addition, if by some joke Southerners vote for unification remember, the status quo will be maintained in a Confederacy and I don’t think North will go building reactors in the South.

        Therefore, what I am simply calling for here is the right of reply for the Peoples Movement in case of the eventuality of Nuclear Northern Sudan! Its a simple democracy, I hope you can understand that.

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      • 6 November 2008 13:46, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        Dear HASSAN. I dont know why you think as such. Dont you know that these Nuclear Weapons/capability will be use dirrectly against the souterners?.So iam not saying let movement takes military actions to disrupts its constructions as i knew they are in Khartuom but should takes the legal cases to the international community.Dont feel inferior if you are a real Southerner, we have our 25 years old Flag which shows our independent and so we shall remains loyal to our country even though when one(Arabs) have nuclear capability.

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  • 13 June 2013 14:27, by abhiramshivakumar

    Nuclear energy is one of the most destructive sources of energy that man has discovered. Like all sources of energy this also has both good and bad sides. If used wisely this can do miracles, but the sad thing is that nuclear energy is used mainly for destruction.

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