The New York Times reported that US President Donald Trump has allowed Saudi Arabia to built technology that would let them produce their own versions of American precision-guided bombs that can be used in Yemen.
The US newspaper said that the Trump administration's statement after declaring a state of emergency last month by allowing the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia led to more than just angering by Congress, which opposed the deal on humanitarian grounds
The newspaper added it raised concerns that the Saudis could gain access to technology that would let them produce their own versions of American precision-guided bombs — weapons they have used in strikes on civilians since they began fighting a war in Yemen four years ago.
The report pointed out that the emergency authorization allows Raytheon Company, a top American defense firm, to team with the Saudis to build high-tech bomb parts in Saudi Arabia. That provision, which has not been previously reported, is part of a broad package of information the administration released this week to Congress.
"The move grants Raytheon and the Saudis sweeping permission to begin assembling the control systems, guidance electronics and circuit cards that are essential to the company’s Paveway smart bombs. The United States has closely guarded such technology for national security reasons.", according to the newspaper.
Democrat MP Tom Malinowski was quoted as saying “The Saudis and Emiratis have become so intertwined with the Trump administration that I don’t think the president is capable of distinguishing America’s national interests from theirs,”.
He added: “The administration has presented us no evidence that Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. face any substantially new or intensified threat from Iran that would justify declaring an emergency.”.
The American newspaper drew to
that multiple reports by human rights groups over the past four years have singled out the weapons as being used in airstrikes on civilians. One attack, on a Sana funeral home in October 2016, led the Obama administration to suspend bomb sales to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
Yemen has been battered by a five-year armed conflict between the internationally recognised government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The Houthis have been controlling the capital Sanaa and large parts of most densely populated northern, middle and western regions since they ousted the government in late 2014.
The US Senate failed on May 2 to revoke
veto President Trump's veto of a congressional resolution that
was supposed to end US support for the Saudi-led military alliance in the devastating war in Yemen.