After nearly five years of complex negotiations, the United States and South Korea concluded a new nuclear cooperation accord on April 22. The agreement strikes a balance between Seoul’s desire to advance its civil nuclear power program, and Washington’s policy to oppose the spread of sensitive nuclear fuel cycle capabilities. Carnegie hosted a discussion of the agreement and what it means for future U.S.-South Korean nuclear cooperation. Carnegie’s Duyeon Kim moderated.
Robert Einhorn is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He led the U.S. delegation in negotiations with South Korea on a successor civil nuclear agreement until 2013.
Duyeon Kim is an associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program.
Victor Cha is a senior adviser and Korea chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as well as the director of Asian studies and D.S. Song-KF chair at Georgetown University.
Mark Hibbs is a senior associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program.
Scott Snyder is senior fellow for Korea Studies and director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.