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US and PH will begin preparing for negotiations on a civil nuclear agreement.

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As a result of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s visit to the US in September 2022, the Philippines and the US will start preparing to push for civil nuclear cooperation.

In an event hosted by the Makati Business Club (MBC) on Tuesday, US Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson stated that the two governments will begin their official preparations for the 123 Agreement negotiations “in the coming weeks.”

Greater civil nuclear cooperation, including the export of nuclear technology, will be possible if a 123 Agreement is completed, according to Carlson.

In addition to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European Atomic Energy Community, the US government has 23 civil nuclear agreements as of 2022, including ones with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam, and Taiwan (Euratom).

The 123 Agreements create a legal framework that only permits the export of nuclear fuel, reactors, and equipment for peaceful use, together with unique nuclear material of US origin.

Access to US government nuclear programs that are ethical and sustainable is another benefit of civil nuclear cooperation.

Towards order to aid the Philippines with its energy demands, Carlson continued, “This will be the first step in getting nuclear power online.”

Director of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), Carlo Arcilla, stated in an interview in November 2022 that the US is a crucial partner for the nation due to its superior technology and nuclear energy expertise.

The executive order signed by former President Rodrigo Duterte, which declares nuclear power to be a dependable, affordable, and environmentally benign source of energy, has been expanded upon by the Marcos government.

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