Trump officials approved Saudi nuclear permits

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Trump officials approved Saudi nuclear permits

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In response to repeated requests, the US Department of Energy informed the Senate on Tuesday that, of a total of seven permits for nuclear technical expertise transfers to Riyadh.


The Democratic senator Tim Kaine said: “I have serious questions about whether any decisions on nuclear transfers were made based on the Trump family’s financial ties rather than the interests of the American people.”



The nuclear technology export permits are known as part 810 authorizations. They allow transfer of knowhow but not equipment. However, the administration’s critics suspect the administration of using them to evade non-proliferation restrictions that are normally imposed on US nuclear sales, which require the purchaser to agree not to enrich uranium or reprocess plutonium that could be used in weapons.
The Saudi government is close to completion of a small research reactor Riyadh but has much greater ambitions for its nuclear programme, and is reluctant to accept non-proliferation restraints.
 

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