Should the U.S. Encourage RoK and Japan to Make Plutonium Based Nuclear Fuels?

Next month, Secretary of State Kerry will visit South Korea and Japan.  High on the list of topics to be discussed in Seoul will be how to proceed with the renewal of the U.S.-RoK agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation, which will expire early in 2014. Currently, negotiations have bogged down over Seoul’s request that the U.S. permit it to chemically process U.S. nuclear fuel assemblies that already have been used in South Korean reactors to make new, plutonium-based nuclear fuels. What should U.S. policy toward South Korea and Japanese nuclear recycling ambitions be?  Should the U.S. treat South Korea as it does its other close East Asian security ally, Japan, and allow it to recycle U.S. origin spent fuel?

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC) will host a lunch seminar on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, addressing these questions. Speakers include Dr. Frank Von Hippel, Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and Mr. William Tobey, Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

For more information on the event or to RSVP, visit the event page on the NPEC website.

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