03 September 2004
Export Licenses for Chinese Nuclear Reactor Components Issued
NRC approves transfers of nuclear technology to China for civilian uses
Following is the State Department response to a question taken at the September 2 daily press briefing:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
September 2, 2004
QUESTION TAKEN AT THE SEPTEMBER 2, 2004 DAILY PRESS BRIEFING
Nuclear Technology Exports to China
Question: Have we approved any nuclear technology exports to China, or are we close to any such agreement? If so, do we have to notify Congress?
Answer: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued licenses for export of nuclear components to China for Chinese nuclear power reactors subject to the terms and conditions of the U.S.-China Agreement for Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation. The Department of Energy has authorized transfers of nuclear technology to China for the Chinese civilian nuclear power program on the basis of written nonproliferation assurances provided by the Government of China. Congress has been informed of these transactions. I would refer you to the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for further details on individual licensing cases.
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
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