Revised Korea-U.S. Nuclear Pact Goes into Effect

      November 26, 2015 11:30

      Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se shakes hands with U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert at the ministry building in Seoul on Wednesday.

      A new nuclear pact between Korea and the U.S. has taken effect as of Wednesday as Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se exchanged a diplomatic note with U.S. Ambassador to Korea Mark Lippert to mark its implementation in Seoul.

      The revised agreement, reached in April, allows Korea to produce low-enriched uranium and start research into new nuclear reprocessing technology called pyroprocessing.

      Korea will also be able to export nuclear materials and equipment to a third country without obtaining U.S. approval.

      The original 1973 agreement explicitly prohibited Korea from enriching uranium and reprocessing spent fuel rods.

      The prohibition on highly enriched uranium and fuel rod reprocessing remains in place.

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