Algeria and weapons of mass destruction


May 22, 2022

In 1991, the United States government said it was aware of the construction of a nuclear reactor in Algeria. The Washington Times accuses the country of developing a nuclear arsenal with the assistance of the Chinese government. The Algerian government admits that it is indeed a reactor building, but denies any military use or other secrecy. Space observations from US satellites also indicated that the reactor was not intended for military activity. China tacitly made a pact in 1983 to help Algeria develop a nuclear reactor. In November 1991, Algeria softened at international pressure. Algeria let its reactor under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Algeria signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in January 1995, and ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. In August 2001, Algeria acceded to the Biological Weapons Convention.



Ref. Albright, David (2001). "Algeria:Big deal in the desert?". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 57(3):45–52.