King Fahd of Saudi Arabia said Thursday his country is prepared to help neighboring Iraq rebuild the nuclear reactor destroyed in 1981 by an Israeli air strike.

The Washington Post reported in its early Friday edition that Saudi Arabia is helping to finance a secret nuclear project in which Iraq is trying to produce and test an atomic bomb within two years.In a front-page article from Jerusalem, the newspaper quoted "well-placed Israeli sources" as saying the Iraqis began the project after Israeli fighter jets blew up the 70-megawatt Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981 and are using 25 pounds of enriched uranium that survived the attack.

The Post said the Israelis' claims were "largely confirmed" by American defense analysts in Washington.

Fahd ended a four-day official visit to Egypt, where he arrived after spending four days in Iraq.