WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is welcoming Myanmar's signing of an agreement with the U.N. atomic watchdog that will require it to declare any nuclear activities and allow inspections.
It is the latest step by the former pariah nation toward openness.
But Republican lawmakers say it is premature to deepen U.S. ties with Myanmar's powerful military.
The Obama administration has moved rapidly to ease sanctions as Myanmar has reformed after decades of repressive military rule.
The engagement policy has been motivated partly by a desire to cut the military ties that the former ruling junta forged with North Korea.
On Tuesday, Myanmar took a step long urged by Washington: the signing of a new agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency. That could help address suspicions the junta pursued a nuclear weapons program.