Challenges for Congressional Action on Extending the US-ROK Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
With disagreements still abundant on the specific terms for a new bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement (“123 Agreement”), the US and South Korea agreed to extend the current agreement for two years to allow for negotiations on the succeeding cooperation agreement. On July 25, 2013, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved a bill (H.R. 2449) extending the existing US-ROK 123 Agreement for the specified two years, until March 2016. However, the bill must go to the House floor for a vote, followed by the Senate and presidential approval in order for the legislation to take effect. Mark Holt (Congressional Research Service) will discuss the challenges that may come up in seeking these approvals.
Challenges for Congressional Action on Extending the US-ROK Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, A Presentation by Mark Holt, Congressional Research Service, August 15, 2013