October 25, 2010 11:47
Korea could propose a memorandum of understanding to the U.S. about joint research on a safe method for the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, a government official said on Sunday.
The two countries start talks in Washington on Monday about the revision of a bilateral nuclear energy agreement that expires in 2014 and prevents Seoul from reprocessing its own spent nuclear fuel rods. Korea is hoping that a technology known as pyroprocessing, which does not produce plutonium that is pure enough for nuclear weapons, may offer a way out.
Scientists in the two countries will also conduct separate research to review the feasibility of pyroprocessing.
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