US tells Japan and EU to end reactor row

7th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, May 6 (AFP) - The United States on Friday urged Japan and the European Union to conclude negotiations on a site for a pioneering nuclear reactor.

WASHINGTON, May 6 (AFP) - The United States on Friday urged Japan and the European Union to conclude negotiations on a site for a pioneering nuclear reactor.  

"We are encouraging them to come to a conclusion," said Energy Department spokesman Jeff Sherwood, who reiterated Washington's support for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) to be built in Japan instead of France.  

"We have been encouraging them to reach solutions and an agreement, but the US still supports the Japanese site," Sherwood said.  

European sources in Washington, however, said Washington would accept the outcome of European-Japanese negotiations.  

Japan said Friday it had not given up on its bid to host ITER despite news reports that France has won the site.  

Japan and France are both vying to play host to the 10-billion euro (13-billion dollar) ITER, a revolutionary nuclear reactor which would emulate the sun's nuclear fusion process.  

The United States and South Korea support Japan's offer to build ITER in Rokkasho-mura, northern Japan, while the European Union, China and Russia back France's bid for the project in Cadarache.  

At a meeting in Geneva Thursday, Japanese and EU officials struck a deal that maps out future cooperation over ITER, the French government said, paving the way for a long-awaited decision on where the nuclear reactor will be built.  

Under the deal, the winner would pay 50 percent of ITER construction costs estimated to total JPY 570 billion (USD 5.5 billion) with the losing nation covering 10 percent of the costs, Japan's top-selling daily Yomiuri Shimbun said in its evening edition Friday.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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