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Japan and US to extend civilian nuclear pact

American stance eases under Trump

The still-incomplete nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. nuclear cooperation agreement with Japan will automatically be extended this summer as neither party seeks to renegotiate the deal.

First put into effect in 1988, the pact permits Japan to use plutonium for peaceful purposes. After the initial 30-year period, the agreement automatically renews unless one or both sides seek to renegotiate or terminate the deal within six months of the July 16 expiration date.

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