A team of experts on an international nuclear fusion project has drawn up three compromise proposals in a bid to resolve the row over whether Japan or France will host the $12 billion, 30-year energy project, Japanese government sources said.

The six parties involved in the Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project have been unable to agree where to locate the world’s first prototype nuclear fusion reactor. The proposals come after minister-level talks in December broke down due to a sharp disagreement over the two rival sites.

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