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The National Nuclear Security Administration today signed an agreement with the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) to continue cooperation on low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel development. This agreement will facilitate conversion of civilian research reactors in Europe so that the reactors will use non-weapons usable LEU fuel instead of highly enriched uranium (HEU), supporting President Obama’s goal to advance global nuclear security.
The agreement was signed by NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and MISP Director for Space & Nuclear Cooperation Kim Dae-Ki during the annual International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna.
“The Republic of Korea is a key partner in the international effort to develop new LEU fuels that allow for the conversion of the most challenging civilian research reactors,” said Harrington.