U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the U.K. and U.A.E. are on the brink of nuclear war.
In a statement Monday, Guterre said that the Trump administration has “stalled” a $1 billion investment by Saudi Arabia to develop a nuclear power plant in the United Kingdom.
“We are not far from the brink, and I would call on the administration to reconsider its stance,” Guterrez said.
“The Saudi nuclear project, which could provide energy to the UK for a number of years, is a vital part of our energy security.”
The U.k. and the United Arab Emirates are both seeking to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Guterresh said Monday that he expects that the deal will not be finalized until the next round of negotiations.
Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy 20 percent of British natural gas from the country and to build a power plant there.
But the United States is also pursuing its own nuclear deal with the kingdom, which would provide the Saudis with an incentive to develop their own nuclear reactor.
Gutersre said the two countries should “get together and talk and negotiate.”
The deal would be for 20 percent for each side to develop the plant, and then 20 percent to both sides to share the investment.
Es deal with Qatar is the most complex in the region, according to the United Nations, because it requires an agreement between the countries to buy their share of the investment and a commitment by Qatar to spend the money.
The two countries also need to agree on a regulatory framework, Gutersres said.
The countries also want to sign a deal to transfer their own assets in the Middle East, including oilfields in the Persian Gulf, and agreed to an international agreement on security and humanitarian issues.