The Saudi Government has accelerated research into nuclear programmes and has begun building a team of experts, according to a new report by.
Labelled a nuclear "newcomer" the Saudi Kingdom is pushing to arm itself with new technologies, the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said.
The Washington DC-based group wrote since nuclear action was scaled back in Iran, it has increased in the Saudi kingdom.
Iran signed a landmark nuclear deal with world powers including the US, the UK, France and Russia in 2015.
Huge economic sanctions on Iran were lifted as a result of it restricting its sensitive nuclear activities.
The deal limited Iran's sensitive nuclear program and subjected it to greater international monitoring.
But in nearby Said Arabia, a new threat is growing, it is claimed.
The organisation which monitors global proliferation issues (ISIS) said: "Saudi Arabia is in the early stages of nuclear development.
It is also claimed Saudi will "more actively seek nuclear weapons capabilities" in retaliation to the situation in Iran.
But currently it is focused on civilian nuclear uses.
Former US President Barrack Obama's administration claimed the nuclear deal would calm tensions in the area
However, this is not the case.
Saudi Arabia has already stated its intention to build at least 16 nuclear reactors in the coming years.
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