WASHINGTON – The Trump government twice approved the transfer of sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia after the assassination of columnist Jamal Khashoggi of the Washington Post.
Citing records of the Department of Energy. Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., Said on Tuesday that the Trump government gave US energy companies the green light to export technology and know-how to Saudi Arabia on October 18, 2018 – just 16 days after the death of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The government subsequently approved another transfer on 18 February.
Congressional staff from both parties told NBC News that Kaine's account was correct. The Energy Department did not respond immediately to requests for comments.
Kaine is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has asked for details on seven transfers of nuclear expertise to Saudi Arabia, including the dates of their respective permits.
"It took more than two months for the Trump administration to answer a simple question ̵
Kaine said the permits were a "disorder" behavioral pattern "by the Trump administration, which he said included evading Congress to enforce a weapons sale to Saudi Arabia and to uphold Saud's support Yemen, which overlooked the imprisonment of women's rights activists and demanded noncompliance with a law requiring the government to make a decision on the role of the Saudi government in the killing of Khashoggi Saudi's all they wanted, congressional bipartisan objections violated US national security interests and is one of many steps taken by the government, fueling a dangerous escalation of tension in the region, "said Kaine.
Henry Sokolski, Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center and a former high-ranking US official overseeing arms control issues, said the Trump administration was clearly in violation of the Atomic Energy Act, according to which the president called on legislators to negotiate nuclear cooperation must keep up to date.
We had people in the administration who were negotiating with the Saudis without informing Congress, "he said, while Kaine's statement indicates that Congress has finally awoken on this issue.
Trump's Restraint Pressuring Saudi Arabia or publicly criticizing the kingdom on a number of issues, including the Khashoggi case, has led the legislature of both parties to backfire, but the government has defended its relations with Riyadh and Declares that the country continues to be an important ally in the Middle East against Iran.
Saudi Arabia plans to build nuclear power plants with the help of US companies, but has so far refused to agree to security arrangements that will ensure that there are no nuclear weapons including a ban on uranium enrichment and spent fuel reprocessing.
The Repu blikaner Sens. Todd Young of Indiana and Marco Rubio of Florida and Democrats Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Kaine have introduced a bill with demands The government allows Congress to review in advance all transfers of nuclear technology and expertise.
The Government Accountability Office separately examines the Trump administration's negotiations with Saudi Arabia, as well as all executive negotiations since December 2009 on civilian nuclear cooperation agreements. Rubio and Senator Robert Menendez, D-N.J., called for the review in March.
Kaine had requested details about the timing of transfers for months. After Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. James E. Risch praised R-Idaho in a public hearing last month to comment personally on this issue, the Energy Department provided the information.
Owen Hayes participated.