Saturday, April 20, 2013

South Korea should reduce, not expand, reliance on nuclear power

[Editorial] South Korea should reduce, not expand, reliance on nuclear power : Editorial : Home

Amending the Agreement for Cooperation Concerning the Civil Use of Atomic Energy with the United States has become a pressing issue for South Korea. With the current agreement scheduled to expire in March 2014, the amendment would have to be changed within the first half of the year, since the US Congress needs time to sign off on any changes.
But if it remains unamended, South Korea will have trouble securing a stable supply of nuclear fuel and its nuclear power exports could be damaged. At the moment, we import all of the nuclear fuel used in our power plants, 20% to 30% of which comes from the US. Meanwhile, most of the countries that we want to export our nuclear power models to, including Turkey and Vietnam, cannot import it without US consent according to the terms of their bilateral agreements with the US. READ MORE

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