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Challenges for Congressional Action on Extending the US-ROK Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

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.

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Challenges for Congressional Action on Extending the US-ROK Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, A Presentation by Mark Holt, Congressional Research Service, August 15, 2013

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Mark Holt
Congressional Research Service (CRS)
Mark Holt has been a Congressional Research Service policy analyst specializing in nuclear energy since 1988. He was head of the CRS Energy and Minerals Section in the Resources, Science, and Industry Division from 1997 to 2008. His recent CRS reports include Fukushima Nuclear Crisis, Advanced Nuclear Power and Fuel Cycle Technologies: Outlook and Policy Options, Nuclear Energy Policy, and Nuclear Waste Disposal: Alternatives to Yucca Mountain. Before joining CRS, he covered energy issues for four and a half years with the Environmental and Energy Study Conference, a bipartisan, bicameral congressional caucus.