South Korea suggests Northeast Asia nuclear safety group




 
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South Korea suggests Northeast Asia nuclear safety group
 
August 15th, 2014  
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South Korea suggests Northeast Asia nuclear safety group
By Meeyoung Cho SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday urged the creation of a nuclear safety consultative group in Northeast Asia, given the high number of nuclear power plants in the region and public concerns over safety. South Korea operates 23 reactors supplying about a third of the country's power, but Japan's 2011 Fukushima disaster, North Korean nuclear tests and a series of domestic nuclear scandals have heightened public fears about nuclear radiation. "Northeast Asia is a place where nuclear power plants are densely located," Park said in a televised speech for the National Liberation Day, noting safety has become a major issue for many people. She suggested China, Japan and South Korea should lead the formation of a nuclear safety consultation body along the lines of Europe's Euratom, which coordinates research and ensures the security of atomic energy supply.




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