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US to renew nuclear pact with Japan

Japan would be able to continue to stockpile plutonium

The Monju fast breeder reactor was to use plutonium as a fuel, but it has never been placed into full operation and is now slated to be decommissioned.

WASHINGTON -- Japan and the U.S. will likely let their existing nuclear cooperation agreement renew automatically when the pact expires next July, enabling Tokyo to continue reprocessing spent nuclear fuel.

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