Washington blocks civil nuke tech exports to China

World | 12 Oct 2018 5:43 pm

The US government has announced restrictions on exports of civil nuclear technology to China to prevent possible diversion for military or other unauthorized uses.

The US Department of Energy issued a statement Thursday on the new policy.

"The United States cannot ignore the national security implications of China’s efforts to obtain nuclear technology outside of established processes of U.S.-China civil nuclear cooperation,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

Notably, there will be a presumption of denial for new license applications or extensions to existing authorizations related to the China General Nuclear Power Group, which is currently under indictment for conspiring to steal U.S. nuclear technology.

The DOE said measures will prevent China’s illegal diversion of U.S. civil nuclear technology for military or other unauthorized purposes.

These national security measures are the result of a U.S. government policy review prompted by concerns about China’s efforts to obtain nuclear material, equipment, and advanced technology from U.S. companies, the DOE said.

The Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, FBI, Intelligence Community, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Department of State all participated in the U.S. policy review, which was led by the National Security Council.-The Standard

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