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» MAY 5, 2011
 

Turmoil, Disasters Cloud Atomic Energy Pacts

Jay Solomon | The Wall Street Journal

Nuclear Security Summit

Japan's nuclear disaster and the Middle East political unrest have combined to stall the Obama administration's efforts to export peaceful nuclear technology to key Arab and Asian countries, a central platform of U.S. nonproliferation strategy, according to officials briefed on the negotiations.

Such a conclusion would back intelligence produced by Israel and the United States. Syria says the nearly finished building had no nuclear uses. It has repeatedly turned down IAEA requests to revisit the site after allowing an initial 2008 inspection that found evidence of possible nuclear activities.

Editor's Note: It is not quite correct to say that "U.S. nuclear-cooperation agreements have the legal status of treaties." The former enter into force unless they are blocked by Congress, the later require the approval of the Senate. Full Article

For more background on recent legislation to adapt nonproliferation requirements in nuclear cooperation agreements, see a recent article from Arms Control Today.   



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