US to ink nuclear cooperation deal with Gulf ally

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration moved Thursday to sign a nuclear cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates — a last-minute deal that would saddle the incoming Obama administration with a decision on whether to help a Persian Gulf ally develop its nuclear-power industry despite concerns in Congress.

The first nuclear agreement reached with a Mideast nation would lay the legal groundwork for U.S. commercial nuclear trade with the UAE, which has foresworn nuclear arms as a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

But despite the emirates’ status as a key U.S. partner in the Mideast, some in Congress say the UAE has done too little to help stem the illicit flow of nuclear supplies to its Gulf neighbor, Iran.

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