Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the reports of the Trump administration’s plan to illicitly sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia further expose Washington’s hypocrisy over the issue of nuclear energy.
“Day by the day it becomes clearer to the world what was always clear to us: neither human rights nor a nuclear program have been the real concern of the US,” Zarif said in a Wednesday tweet.
“First a dismembered journalist; now illicit sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia fully expose US Hypocrisy,” he added.
His comments came after a congressional report revealed the United States is rushing to transfer “highly sensitive nuclear technology” to Saudi Arabia, with President Donald Trump being “directly engaged” in the push.
The House of Representatives’ Oversight and Reform Committee released the 24-page report on Tuesday, listing the actions taken by the Trump administration in an attempt to win government support for American firms to construct nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia, in what could increase the risk of spreading nuclear weapons technology.
The report is based on whistle-blower accounts and documents showing communications between administration officials and nuclear power companies.
“Experts worry that transferring sensitive US nuclear technology could allow Saudi Arabia to produce nuclear weapons that contribute to the proliferation of nuclear arms throughout an already unstable Middle East,” says the report.
The report said the probe was “particularly critical” because the administration’s efforts to hand over the technology to the kingdom appear to be ongoing.
Trump is reportedly “directly engaged in the effort.”
Zarif’s comments about a dismembered journalist also pointed to the slaughter of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in October 2018, which almost the entire world blamed on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.