Jordan expects to ink nuclear deal with US

30 September 2010

Kingdom hopes for agreement by the end of the year

Jordan’s Atomic Energy Commission has said the kingdom expects to reach a compromise with the US on its nuclear power plans by the end of the year, The National has reported. The agreement has stalled over Jordan’s reluctance to give up its right under international law to enrich large uranium reserves that the country discovered in 2007. “Both the US and Jordan are looking to be in a more compromising situation regarding this issue,” Kamal Khdier, the director of planning at the commission was quoted as saying by the daily. “We are not in a situation that we have to enrich uranium … it’s not going to happen for 20 years. But at the same time we are not going to give up our right. In the future the technology might change. Why should we give up this right straight from the beginning?” he said.

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