U.S., Jordan in nuke-power talks

Jordan mapThe U.S. and Jordan, it’s closest Arab ally in the region, reportedly are negotiating a nuclear-cooperation agreement that would let American firms expert nuclear components and know-how to Jordan — but won’t allow Jordan to produce its own nuclear fuel.  International relations Professor William Keylor, author of “A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945,” says the deal must balance Jordan’s right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to produce its own fuel and the U.S. interest in not angering Israel or risk a Mideast arms race.

“The controversy will have to be resolved through compromise if the NPT is to retain its credibility and the Middle East is to be spared a headlong rush to develop national civilian nuclear industries.”

Contact William Keylor, 617-358-0197, wrkeylor@bu.edu

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