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[en] The US and Switzerland enforced a new nuclear cooperation agreement in June 1998. After extended negotiation for the new nuclear cooperation agreement, Switzerland accomplished to get the advance, long-term consent approach, not to allow the US's prior consent right on the spent fuel used in the US-origin reactors, and to specify conditions for the suspension of advance, long-term consent. This paper analyzes the contents and implications of the revision of the nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries
[en] Wolsong-1 is the first CANDU plant in Korea and has been operatiorating than 18 years, which requires the establishment of plant lifetime management program. The fuel channel was designed to sustain 210,000 EFPH which means 30 calenda year based on 80% capacity factor. Many CANDU plants in Canada has been operated more than 20 years and done many research for the preparation of continued operation beyond design life. KEPRI started the study of W-1 plant lifetime managment in 2000 to understand the aging status and the feasibility of continued operation of W-1. This paper reviews the licensing law of Canada, United Status of America and Korea and the preparation status of plant owners for the life extension and suggests the strategy for the W-1 plant lifetime management
[en] For the understanding of the influences of some states to nuclear activities of other states in the perspective of nuclear nonproliferation, it is necessary to understand conceptual models under which those states assess the proliferation risk of a state. This paper introduces a nuclear proliferation risk assessment model suggested by Meyer and analyzes its implications to nuclear development and utilization in Korea
[en] The objective of the study was to make policy-proposes for enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of national nuclear technology development programs. To do this, recent changes of international nuclear energy policy and trends of nuclear technology R and D was surveyed and analyzed. In the viewpoint of analysis of the changes in the global policy surrounding nuclear technology development and development of national nuclear R and D strategy, this study (1) analyzed the trends of nuclear technology policies and (2) discussed the mid and long term strategy of nuclear energy R and D. To put it in more detail, each subject was further explored as follows; (1) analyzed the trends of nuclear technology policies - Trend and prospects of the international and domestic nuclear policies - Investigation of development of small and medium sized policies - International collaboration for advanced nuclear technologies (2) discussed the mid and long term strategy of nuclear energy R and D - The long term development plan for future nuclear energy system - The facilitation of technology commercialization
[en] In this project the following scope and contents were formulated. First, this study focused on the establishment of a professional network for ROK-U.S. nuclear cooperation by identifying and inviting key personnel who have been involved in the ROK-U.S. nuclear cooperation agreement, leading U.S. nuclear technology experts, and members of important organizations associated with nuclear non-proliferation. Joint workshops and seminars were organized and held and a series of site visits to nuclear facilities were made. Second, an in-depth analysis was performed on U.S. policies on nuclear energy and nuclear non-proliferation, and on the current status of the nuclear industry, which has a substantial impact on the development of future nuclear systems in Korea. In addition, a multi-approach strategy toward ROK-U.S. nuclear cooperation was proposed and evaluated by analyzing U.S. Congressional positions on nuclear cooperation agreements with other countries. Third, justifiable reasoning for a strategic ROK-U.S. nuclear cooperation partnership and a rational for its enhancement were formulated and communicated to appropriate personnel and organizations so that joint development can be sustained for nuclear technology associated with advanced fuel cycle technology. In preparation for future ROK-U.S. negotiations on bilateral cooperation for pyro-processing technology development, which is to start immediately after the completion of the 10 year joint fuel cycle study (JFCS), it is also necessary to put every effort toward cultivating a favorable international environment between the two countries by strengthening the basis of ROK-U.S. nuclear cooperation, promoting the understanding of the Korean nuclear program, and strengthening analysis of the U.S. nuclear energy and nonproliferation policy trends.
[en] 1. Proactive efforts were made for the promotion of Korean nuclear energy and nuclear non-proliferation through an expert invitation program of key U.S. personnel, consisting of a series of extensive site visits to nuclear R&D institutions and industrial sites and leading them to witness Korean nuclear energy capacity in whole nuclear fuel cycle, from the production of nuclear fuel to radioactive waste disposal. 2. Several ROK-U.S. joint workshops were conducted to narrow the differences of each side’s respective understanding of the future nuclear energy systems being developed in Korea. 3. These activities contributed to the realization of a concrete grass-root network in the U.S. 4. U.S. nuclear energy policies and trends were comprehensively analyzed by the study team including an expert dispatched to Washington DC, especially focusing on positions of U.S. opinion leaders on the necessity of US-ROK nuclear partnership in the big political changes such as the conclusion of ROK-US nuclear cooperation agreement in 2015, U.S. presidential election in 2016, administration changes in the both governments in 2017, etc.
[en] This study investigated current status of major activities of standing committees of OECD/NEA including joint research projects among member countries, role of OECD/NEA as an technical secretary of GIF R and D programs in progress by supported by GIF member states and their future perspectives. Current status of activities and participation of national experts in OECD/NEA standing committees and their working groups were also analyzed as well as their major issues and problems. Finally this study investigate and suggest major actions and steps to be taken and the supporting system in order to enhance Korean experts' role and participation in the NEA standing committees and more to enhance the national interests in the cooperation with OECD/NEA including joining into member countries of chairman board. It is utmost to monitor and support national representatives and participating experts in OECD/NEA standing committees in continuous, integrated and consistent manners with close collaboration with national nuclear community as well as defining their mission and responsibilities with close collaboration with national nuclear community. For this purposes, it is necessary to establish supporting systems and major actions or steps to be taken for their activities as well as funding by the government. And it is also important to maximize the share and use of information and technical materials obtained from relevant activities of national representatives and experts participating in OECD/NEA standing committees through national research networks
[en] US NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Committee) introduces the Risk-informed Regulation (RIR) to allocate the resources of NRC effectively and to reduce the unnecessary burden of utilities. This approach inherently includes the cost-benefit analysis (CBA) concept. The CBA method has been widely used for many problems in order to support the decision making by analyzing the effectiveness of the proposed plan and/or activity in the aspect of cost and benefit. However, in general, the conventional CBA method does not use the information such as risk that is the essential element of RIR. So, we developed a revised CBA framework that incorporates the risk information in analyzing the cost and benefit of the regulatory and/or operational activities in nuclear industry
[en] The revision issue of Article VI of the IAEA's Statute that deals with the composition of the IAEA's Board of Governors was concluded at 43th General Conference in 1999. This article identifies the process of revision of Article VI and suggests the future prospects and the conditions to enter into force the Article