Moniz, South Korea sign agreement

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Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz and Korean Foreign Minister Yun signed the successor United States-Republic of Korea Agreement for Civil Nuclear Cooperation Monday in Washington.
The United States and the Republic of Korea — South Korea — are world leaders in civil nuclear energy and “have a long and productive history of nuclear cooperation, and this relationship will continue to strengthen and grow as a result of this agreement,” the DOE said in a statement Monday.
The agreement charts a joint path forward to address critical issues facing both civil nuclear programs, such as spent fuel management and assured fuel supply.
It contains provisions to ensure nonproliferation and nuclear security, and thereby enhances the global nuclear nonproliferation regime.
“The agreement would allow the United States and the Republic of Korea to continue peaceful nuclear cooperation, enable expanded cooperation between our respective nuclear industries, and reaffirm our two governments’ shared commitment to nonproliferation,” Moniz said.
Additionally, the agreement would establish a new High-Level Bilateral Commission for the United States and South Korea to cooperate to advance objectives, such as addressing spent fuel management, security and enhancing cooperation between the countries’ nuclear industries.