In an op-ed for The International New York Times, NTI Co-Chairman Sam Nunn explains how an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fuel bank could help make progress in negotiations with Iran. "The ability to acquire low-enriched uranium on a nonpolitical basis in case of interrupted supply could be a significant factor in the negotiations with Iran," writes Nunn. If Russia decided to cut off supply, Ukraine also could benefit from a nuclear fuel bank, he adds.
"Unfortunately, at a time when the fuel bank could be a valuable asset for countries making decisions about their nuclear programs, the bank’s completion is stalled," he writes. Nunn calls for Kazakhstan--the fuel bank's likely host--and the IAEA to resolve the remaining issues quickly and take swift action to open the bank.
"A world where more and more countries make their own nuclear fuel — and thus can also produce nuclear weapons materials — is a far more dangerous world," writes Nunn.