Senator Tim Kaine, who obtained the information from the Energy Department, called the news ‘dangerous’.
The concerns surround the timing of the approval – it was signed-off a little over two weeks after the brutal killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khash-hodge-jee, for which several high-level Saudi officials were blamed.
The US Energy Department confirmed the transfers back in March after the first reports emerged, but haven’t responded to the request for comment on Kaine’s statement.
Saudi Arabia, for its part, claims its atomic programme is ‘strictly for civil and peaceful uses’.
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