South Korea to relook nuclear safety after Japan's disaster

PTI Seoul | Updated on March 17, 2011 Published on March 17, 2011

The South Korean Government plans to review its nuclear safety policy in the wake of severe damage caused to Japan's nuclear reactors following last week's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, Yonhap News Agency said quoting a senior South Korean Government official.

MrAnh Hyun Ho, First Vice Minister of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, outlined the Government thinking during a parliamentary committee meeting held to study lessons from the Japanese tragedy on Tuesday.

“The lesson from the accident in Japan is that natural disasters can go beyond all expectations,” Mr Ho was quoted to have said.

South Korea has 20 nuclear power plants, located mostly in the southern provinces.

An official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade told the committee that the South Korean Government plans to send forensics experts to Japan to help identify the bodies of South Koreans who died from the earthquake and ensuing tsunami that struck eastern Japan last Friday.

Published on March 17, 2011
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