- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2011

SANTIAGO, CHILE (AP) - Chile and the U.S. are signing a nuclear energy accord, despite fears of radiation spreading in Japan after a devastating earthquake and tsunami severely damaged nuclear reactors.

The accord will be signed Friday morning by U.S. Ambassador Alejandro Wolff and Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno.

A day earlier, White House officials wouldn’t even confirm the long-awaited signing, which was supposed to be a high-profile moment in President Barack Obama’s visit to Chile on Monday.

With Japan’s disaster unfolding, officials have stressed that the accord focuses on training nuclear engineers, not building reactors.

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