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Has South Korea Renounced "Nuclear Hedging"?

| June 27, 2017

South Korea's freshly inaugurated President Moon Jae-in seems committed to phasing out nuclear power. During his campaign, he promised to close operating nuclear plants, suspend construction of two nuclear reactors (Shin Kori No. 5 and Shin Kori No. 6, which are about 30 percent complete), and scrap plans to construct eight additional nuclear power plants—with a goal of cutting the country's 25 nuclear reactors to zero over the next 40 years. He also pledged to reconsider the research program on pyroprocessing technology to recycle nuclear spent fuel, which was launched in 1997 to mitigate the country's nuclear waste problem.

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For Academic Citation: Kim, Lami.“Has South Korea Renounced "Nuclear Hedging"?.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, June 27, 2017.

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