U.S., S. Korea make nuclear cooperation revision official

The U.S. and South Korea signed a revision to a civilian nuclear energy cooperation agreement.

The two governments signed the revision to a 1974 pact that stipulates the South’s obligations in exchange for receiving technical support and other cooperation from the U.S., according to Yonhap News Agency. The revision still does not allow South Korea to reprocess or enrich uranium, but it opens the path for the country to begin researching spent fuel recycling and to make low-level enriched uranium.

South Korea has said it needs to enrich uranium for nuclear power fuel, and that the country needs to reprocess waste to deal with decreasing storage capacity. The country operates 23 reactors that generate 36 percent of the country’s electricity.

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