South Korea, Japan discuss Tokyo’s planned release of radioactive water from Fukushima l KBS WORLD

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South Korea and Japan held a video conference on Thursday to discuss Tokyo’s planned release of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the talks were being led by Lee Dong-gyu, the Foreign Ministry’s director general for climate change, energy, environment and scientific affairs, and Kaifu Atsushi, director General of the Japanese Ministry of Disarmament, Nonproliferation and Science. .

After Tokyo’s briefing on the safety and environmental assessment of the planned water release, Seoul expressed concern over the spilling of the contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.

Seoul urged Tokyo to act responsibly by ensuring the water is objectively and scientifically safe and the disposal process meets international laws and standards.

While the two sides previously held related talks last December and January this year, they have been upgraded to involve chief executives of each side’s ministries.

Japan’s nuclear regulator last month approved plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company’s water discharge plan submitted last December.

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