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As Saudis Go Nuclear, U.S. Seeks Edge Over Great-Power Rivals

Feb. 20, 2018, 2:30 PM

At a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna last September, word spread that Saudi Arabia identified a handful of countries that could build two nuclear reactors in the kingdom. The U.S. wasn’t among them—until Energy Secretary Rick Perry buttonholed the Saudi delegates and told them America wanted in.

Within weeks, a mostly U.S. consortium headed by Westinghouse Electric Co. joined the race. Its executives have visited the kingdom. So has Perry, whose intervention was described by two people who attended the meeting. In the next few months, the Saudis are expected to narrow the field to two...

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