EU sees Japan accord on nuclear reactor by July

19th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

LUXEMBOURG, April 18 (AFP) - European Union (EU) research commissioner Janez Potocnik voiced optimism Monday that a deal could be struck with Tokyo by a July deadline over a multibillion-dollar project to build a revolutionary nuclear reactor.

LUXEMBOURG, April 18 (AFP) - European Union (EU) research commissioner Janez Potocnik voiced optimism Monday that a deal could be struck with Tokyo by a July deadline over a multibillion-dollar project to build a revolutionary nuclear reactor.  

"I'm optimistic concerning the final talks and possibility of reaching an agreement with the six parties," said Potocnik, who was in Tokyo last week for talks on the subject.  

The EU wants to build the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France and has threatened to go it alone unless Japan drops its rival bid, leaving the six-party talks in deadlock for months.  

The United States and South Korea support Japan's offer to build ITER in Rokkasho-mura, a northern Japanese village near the Pacific Ocean, while the EU, China and Russia back the bid of the southern French town of Cadarache.  

After the talks last week in Tokyo, Potocnik said the two sides had agreed to break the stalemate by July.  

Potocnik said that the talks with Japanese Science and Technology Minister Nariaki Nakayama had taken place in "a constructive, honest and positive atmosphere".  

He said that they had agreed that "the ideas of the European Union and Japan are converging towards a common understanding of the roles of the host and non host countries".  

"We agreed that we would accelerate our discussions ... and that we will aim at reaching an agreement ... with the six parties before July 2005," he added.

 

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