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Robert Alvarez

Articles by Robert Alvarez

16 June 2008

U.S.-Russian nuclear agreement raises serious concerns

Robert Alvarez

On May 13, President George W. Bush submitted to Congress an agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation with the Russian Federation. The "123 agreement"--named after a provision of the 1954 Atomic Energy Act--would establish a 30-year framework for nuclear commerce between the former Cold War enemies, allowing the transfer of nuclear commodities such as reactor components and U.S. government-owned technologies and materials to Russia.

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