South Korea must renegotiate its 1974 nuclear treaty with the U.S. so it can expand its commercial nuclear program, said Lee Hoi-chang, leader of the conservative Liberty Forward Party. South Korea is prohibited from reprocessing spent fuel under the agreement, which will expire in 2014. Some experts, however, think the U.S. may not be amenable to such a move because it could complicate international efforts to scale back North Korea's nuclear program.

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