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Pompeo confirms $8.1bn arms sales to Arab nations without Congress approval to 'deter Iran'

Pompeo confirms $8.1bn arms sales to Arab nations without Congress approval to 'deter Iran' | 24 May 2019 | US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed that the administration has invoked a rarely-used legal statute to "immediately" clear $8.1 billion in arms sales to its Arab allies in order to "deter Iranian aggression." The transfer of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, which reportedly includes a number of Raytheon precision-guided munitions (PGMs) and Javelin anti-tank missiles, cannot be delayed any longer "during a time of increasing regional volatility," Pompeo said in a statement on Friday.