Israel signs nuclear deal with US for reactor

Israel and the United States signed an agreement several days ago to produce a nuclear reactor although Israel is not a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Israel signs nuclear deal with US for reactor

Israel and the United States signed an agreement several days ago to produce a nuclear reactor although Israel is not a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Haarezt reported.

The new agreement broadens and upgrades previous accords between the two countries in this field, which were signed over the past two decades.

It will enable the Israel Atomic Energy Commission to access most of the latest nuclear safety data, procedures and technology available in the U.S.

The agreement was signed by the director of the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. Shaul Horev, and the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Dr. Dale Klein.

Horev also met in the U.S. with his American counterpart, Thomas D'Agostino, who is the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

According to reports, The Dimona reactor is used by Israel to develop nuclear arms - was established nearly five decades ago.

Israeli experts in the field have expressed concern that safety mishaps could occur there, since it is not under international supervision, due to the "classified activities" there.

In recent years, some of the senior members of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) have called for a nuclear reactor.

But Israel is expected to be opposed to this reactor because of its refusal to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

One of the options Israel raised was to seek an agreement with the U.S. that will allow the transfer of technology for the construction of such a reactor.

The U.S. was on the verge of recently signing a similar agreement with India, a country also not a signatory of the NPT, but due to domestic political opposition, an agreement faltered.

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