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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.

President Donald Trump's administration has no intention of ending or renegotiating the deal, a spokesperson at the U.S. State Department told The Nikkei Saturday. Since the Japanese government has been seeking the pact's renewal, there is now a good chance that the treaty will simply remain in force without any modifications.

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