Jordan Eager for 'Nuclear Cooperation Deal' With U.S.

Jordan's nuclear chief claims the deal will help kingdom get access to U.S. energy technology.

Jordan's King Abdullah (R) meets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) at the Royal palace in Amman, Jordan, October 24, 2015.
Jordan's King Abdullah (R) meets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) at the Royal palace in Amman, Jordan, October 24, 2015.Credit: Reuters

Jordan's nuclear chief says his country is eager to reach a nuclear cooperation deal with the United States after a long impasse over uranium enrichment, and that both sides now appear ready to compromise.

Khaled Toukan told The Associated Press the deal would help Jordan get access to U.S. technology, including small modular reactors that could fit into the kingdom's fledgling nuclear energy program.

For now, the centerpiece of that program is a $10 billion deal with Russia for two larger nuclear power reactors to be built by 2025.

Toukan acknowledged in the interview Sunday that financing isn't locked in and that Jordan is still looking for a third partner. He says the probability of two reactors being built is "70 to 75 (percent)...it is not 90 percent."

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