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AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan and Turkey on Thursday signed a nuclear cooperation agreement paving the way for closer ties between the two countries.
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Jordan said its peaceful nuclear program, supported by the United States, is imperative for electricity generation and exploring other cost-effective alternative sources.
The state Petra news agency said the accord covers nuclear reactor operation and servicing, provision of nuclear fuel cycle services, uranium exploration and radiation protection.
Jordan wants to build a nuclear plant by 2019 to meet its growing energy
needs and reduce its energy bill, which consumes about 20 percent of
its annual budget.
It has signed similar accords with 11 other nations, including Italy, Japan and the United States.