Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreements: Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, January 30, 2014   [open pdf - 1021KB]

The following is a testimony compilation from the January 30, 2014 hearing on "Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreements" held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Bob Corker: "Chairman Menendez, thank you for agreeing to hold this important and timely hearing today. Not only have I requested that we hold this hearing for some time now, but nearly two years ago Senator Lugar sent a letter to then Chairman Kerry requesting this very same hearing. Now, two years later, we have the opportunity to examine and begin the process to weigh in on what shape U.S. policy in this arena should take and review -- and cause to be more robust -- the role that Congress plays in entering into these important decisions. I also want to thank the witnesses for appearing before us today. I am particularly interested in hearing from our private panel today, as we examine U.S. policy as it relates to civil nuclear cooperation agreements and the role they play in achieving U.S. nonproliferation goals. As I stated in a letter to Secretary Kerry on October 28 of last year, I am deeply concerned about the administration's current policy -- or rather lack of consistent policy -- toward negotiation of civil nuclear cooperation agreements. The administration's acceptance of enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) capabilities in some but not all new agreements with countries where no ENR capability currently exists is inconsistent and confusing, potentially compromising our nation's non-proliferation policies and goals." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bob Corker, Robert Menendez, Thomas M. Countryman, Daniel B. Poneman, Marvin S. Fertel, Sharon Squassoni, and Henry D. Sokolski.

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