Turkey, US Agree On Peaceful Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON D.C. - Turkey and the United States brought into force an agreement for cooperation concerning peaceful uses of nuclear energy through an exchange of diplomatic notes, U.S. Department of State said on Monday.

The agreement provides a comprehensive framework for peaceful nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey under agreed nonproliferation conditions and controls. It establishes a firm foundation for mutually beneficial cooperation in the important field of peaceful nuclear energy consistent with nonproliferation principles, U.S. Department of State spokesman Sean McCormack said in a statement.

"The agreement has an initial term of 15 years, with provision for automatic renewal in increments of five years each unless either party decides to terminate it. It opens opportunities for U.S. and Turkish industries by permitting the transfer between the two countries of technology, material, reactors, and components for nuclear research and nuclear power production," McCormack said.

"The agreement underlines the strong commitment of both countries to the development and use of civil nuclear energy in a safe and secure manner to advance the welfare and prosperity of their citizens," he said.

It also demonstrates the commitment of two close friends and allies to promoting a strong global nuclear nonproliferation regime, McCormack added.

(TÇ-MS)

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