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.
The Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program is an internationally acclaimed source of expertise and policy thinking on nuclear industry, nonproliferation, security, and disarmament. Its multinational staff stays at the forefront of nuclear policy issues in the United States, Russia, China, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East.
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