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    On Tuesday, US House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said that the Democrats were launching an investigation into a plan by US President Donald Trump administration to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia despite warnings from national security officials.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated on Tuesday that it was an act of hypocrisy from the United States' to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

    The statement comes after US House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings published an interim report on the Trump's administration plan to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia as this move reportedly could violate the US Atomic Energy Act.

    According to the report, the proposal began as a bid to sell nuclear reactors to the Saudis under the direction of Trump adviser and fundraiser Tom Barrack, and was backed by former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The document stated that proponents kept on pushing the plan after Flynn was fired in February 2017. 

    In December last year, Senators Edward Markey and Jeff Merkley said in a letter that Donald Trump's administration must immediately suspend any nuclear agreements with Saudi Arabia until Riyadh answers questions surrounding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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    The killing of Khashoggi resulted in international uproar and criticism of Riyadh. Western media repeatedly suggested that the Saudi prince had a role in the operation, a claim which has repeatedly been denied by the Saudi Foreign Ministry.

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