TINITINGNAN ng Estados Unidos na lumikha ng civil nuclear cooperation deal sa Pilipinas habang isinusulong ng Southeast Asian country na bawasan ang greenhouse gas emissions.

“The US will be providing technical assistance and regulatory guidance to support the growth of the Philippines’ civil nuclear energy program,” ayon kay US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sa press conference sa Washington, noong Miyerkoles.

“We’re looking to grow our cooperation through a 123 Agreement on civil nuclear cooperation which will make it easier for us to share technical knowledge as well as nuclear material and equipment,” dagdag na wika ni Blinken.

Ang “123 Agreement” ng Estados Unidos ay tumutukoy sa “legally binding framework for peaceful nuclear cooperation between the US and [its] partners,” ayon sa website ng US Department of State.

“The criteria require 123 agreements to legally obligate our partners to observe specific standards in a multitude of areas including peaceful uses… and prohibitions on enriching, reprocessing, and transfer of specific material and equipment without our consent,” ang nakasaad dito.

“A full-fledged nuclear cooperation partnership can lead to political and economic ties lasting as long as 100 years and can be the catalyst for cooperation on other foreign policy issues,” nakasaad pa rin sa website.

Nito lamang nakalipas na Enero, sinabi ni US Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson na nakatakdang simulan ng dalawang traditional allies ang konsultasyon ukol sa pagbuo ng 123 agreement “including the export of nuclear technology.”

Noong nakaraang taon, pinanday ang civil nuclear agreements ng Estados Unidos sa 23 estado, kabilang na ang mga bansang Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom. (CHRISTIAN DALE)


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