After five years of negotiations， Korea
and the United States have reached an agreement on updating their nuclear energy cooperation
pact. A signing ceremony was held just a few hours
ago between Korean chief negotiator Park Ro－byug… and U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert.
Under the new deal， Korea can produce low－enriched uranium or LEU which promises a more stable
supply of nuclear fuel. It also allows Korea to begin research on
an experimental reprocessing technique called ″pyro－processing.″
The existing agreement， signed some 40 years ago， bans Seoul from engaging in reprocessing
and uranium enrichment activities. The new deal will kick into effect only after
the completion of executive and legislative processes in Seoul and Washington.