South Korea and the United States have called a halt to their sensitive negotiation on future nuclear energy cooperation, an informed source here said Thursday. “Actual talks are deemed difficult this year,” said the source well versed in the issue, requesting anonymity.
South Korea’s Lee Myung-bak government “has decided to pass negotiations to the next administration,” added the source. Lee is to retire in February. Seoul instead plans to focus on efforts to publicize its position on the matter for the time being, the source said.
South Korean officials argue that the current pact with the U.S. is obsolete. The existing pact, signed in 1974 and set to expire in 2014, bans South Korea from enriching uranium even for commercial purposes and reprocessing nuclear waste from about two dozen reactors using U.S.-supplied nuclear materials.
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