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KEI Contrtibutor

KEI is proud to release the latest volume in its Special Studies Series, The New Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation Agreement Between South Korea and the United States: From Dependence to Parity…

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August 2015

Washington and Seoul are negotiating the replacement of their 1974 civil nuclear cooperation agreement that expires in March 2014. Section 123 of the U.S. Atomic Energy Act (AEA) requires exports…

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In March 2014, an important civil nuclear energy agreement between South Korea and the United States is set to expire. Given the significant interests that are at stake for each state, negotiating its renewal is proving to be no easy task for either government. On the one hand, South Korea is hoping to become a competitive global nuclear energy supplier by pushing for greater nuclear sovereignty, including the right to enrichment and reprocessing of U.S. supplied nuclear materials. On the other hand, there are those in the U.S. and the broader international community who are concerned that U.S. approval of such sensitive nuclear activities in South Korea would negatively affect global non-proliferation efforts, diplomacy with North Korea, and regional stability.

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March 2013
Fred McGoldrick, Duyeon Kim, Bengelsdorf, McGoldrick