In what will most certainly irritate Japan once again as it is already under enormous pressure, China has demanded that they give an “accurate” account of the whole situation at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, particularly the issues of radiation and water contamination. The plant was the site of the worst nuclear disaster in recent years when 3 out of the 4 nuclear reactors went into meltdown in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
China’s deputy UN ambassador Wang Min told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that they are worried that the radioactive water leaks from the plant would affect their country. During a debate on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he said that Japan should do everything it can to minimize the impact of the disaster and more importantly, “provide timely, comprehensive and accurate information to the international community.” While China still “firmly” supports nuclear energy, Wang also said that what happened in Fukushima was a warning and wake up call when it comes to the issue of safety.
Another one of Japan’s neighbours, South Korea, said they are also worried about the Fukushima situation but deputy UN ambassador Sul Kyung-Hoon surprisingly added that they appreciate all the efforts of the Japanese government to “share relevant information with the international community.” They also asked the IAEA to give more support to Japan to help the decontamination and clean-up at Fukushima. IAEA director general Yukiya Amano said that it is a step in the right direction for Japan to come up with a basic policy to address this issue, but should also establish “an effective plan and mechanisms for the long-term management of contaminated water.”
[ via South China Morning Post ]
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