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Briefing of KUNA main news for Friday until 00:00 GMT

VIENNA -- A senior Kuwaiti science official affirmed that human and institutional capacities development is essential for safe and peaceful use of nuclear technology, which, in turn, works in favor of backing priorities of national development.

JEDDAH -- Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz denounced the strike on Aramco's oil facilities as a dangerous escalation and a threat to regional security and the global oil supplies.

WASHINGTON -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that "in a failed attempt to disrupt the global economy," Iran attacked two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia earlier this week.

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump announced new Iran sanctions on the Iranian national bank, saying they are "highest sanctions ever imposed on a country."

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump threatened that he would release prisoners belonging to the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if the countries they came from refused to take them in.

PARIS -- The Lebanese government signed a letter of intent with France on providing the former with navy equipment to boost its security and defense capabilities. (end) bs