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Perry Pursues Reactor Deal Amid Congressional Ire at Saudis

Rick Perry

Rick Perry

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is pressing ahead with efforts to strike a deal that would allow U.S. companies such as Westinghouse Electric Co. build nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia even as sentiment grows in Congress to punish the kingdom over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Perry has wrapped up a round of talks with Saudi Minister of Energy Khalid Al-Falih and the CEO of state-run Saudi Aramco as well other energy industry figures, the Energy Department said in a statement on Monday. Perry had previously said he was “hopeful” the two sides would reach a deal on a so-called 123 Agreement, named after a section of the U.S. Atomic Energy Act.