Jordan Plays Nuclear Hardball While Mid-East in Chaos

Jordan has warned Japan that if the Diet fails to ratify a bilateral civil nuclear cooperation accord by yearend, a Japan-France consortium will miss out on the chance to win a lucrative contract to build the country’s first nuclear power plant, diplomatic sources said Saturday.  Khaled Touqan, Jordan’s energy and mineral resources minister, met with Japanese officials in early October and requested that the Diet endorse the accord by the end of December, when the successful bid will be selected, the sources said.

A consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and French nuclear power company Areva SA is competing with Russian and Canadian firms to win contracts worth more than $4 billion (about-

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