Nuclear Trade Agreements: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

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The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held an important hearing on 123 agreements—that is, agreements the U.S. makes with other countries that govern the exchange of components used in commercial nuclear power.

It has been the consistent stance of the U.S. to minimize the proliferation of nuclear weapons. From the start, 123 agreements have been tools to advance America’s nonproliferation goals through legitimate commercial nuclear trade. This continues to be the standard.

Here are some of the highlights of what was discussed:

There is room for reforming the 123 agreement process, but requiring a UAE “gold standard” is not it. Doing so would further hinder not only America’s commercial nuclear industry but also the safety and nonproliferation benefits America has to offer.