Nuclear Treaty Between the USA and South Korea

South Korea and the United States on Friday wrapped up a two-day meeting on revising their treaty on nuclear use and agreed to keep working on narrowing their differences, a South Korean official said.

Park Ro-byug, South Korea’s envoy for the nuclear accord talks, and Robert Einhorn, the State Department’s special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, discussed how to revise the current treaty in a mutually beneficial direction, the official said.

The existing treaty, signed in 1974, expires in March 2014. Seoul is seeking to revise it to meet its enhanced status as a nuclear energy developer.

“The meeting centered on making all aspects of the nuclear accord more modern and advanced, and on revising the accord in an equal and mutually beneficial way,” the official said. “We will continue to have working-level discussions on the contents and expressions of many issues to be included in the accord and to try to narrow our differences.”

Under the existing pact, South Korea is prohibited from reprocessing its more than 10,000 tons of nuclear waste from some two dozen reactors.

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