President Obama proposes nuclear agreement with Taiwan

President Barack Obama submitted a proposed agreement to Congress on Tuesday that would enable nuclear cooperation between the American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.

Obama transmitted the agreement, which concerns the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, pursuant to the Atomic Anergy Act of 1954, as amended. The proposed agreement would provide a comprehensive framework for peaceful nuclear cooperation with Taiwan based on a mutual commitment to nuclear nonproliferation.

"Over the last two decades, the authorities on Taiwan have established a reliable record on nonproliferation and on commitments to nonproliferation," Obama said. "While the political status of the authorities on Taiwan prevents them from formally acceding to multilateral nonproliferation treaties or agreements, the authorities on Taiwan have voluntarily assumed commitments to adhere to the provisions of multilateral treaties and initiatives."

Obama said that after considering the the views and recommendations of the interested agencies, the agreement would promote common defense and security. He transmitted his written approval, authorization and determination related to the agreement, including an unclassified nuclear proliferation assessment statement concerning the agreement.

Obama said his administration is prepared to start consulting immediately with the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee on the agreement.