Iran Criticizes Plan to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN, IRAN (AP) -- Iran's foreign ministry spokesman is criticizing a US plan to sell state-of-the-art weapons to Saudi Arabia.  That's according to Iran's state broadcasting company.

The comments follow reports that the US plans to sell Saudi Arabia an estimated $20 billion dollars in sophisticated weaponry.  The deal includes advanced air systems that would greatly enhance the striking ability of Saudi warplanes.

Administration officials also say the US will extend additional aid to other friendly nations in the Middle East, including Israel and Egypt.

The ministry spokesman says the US is "trying to disturb" stability and security in the Persian Gulf region.

The US accuses Iran of developing nuclear weapons and supporting Shiite militias in Iraq.  Iran denies those charges.

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