IAEA chief underscores transparency in Japan's decision to release contaminated Fukushima water
Updated: 2021-04-16 10:03:54 KST
The chief of the IAEA has called for transparency in Japan's decision to release massive amounts of radioactive water into the ocean.
Speaking to China's Xinhua News Agency Wednesday, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said the international body will ensure no harm is done to the environment or people in nearby dwellings.
Underscoring the importance of transparency, he said the IAEA will walk Japan through the entire process.
"The role of an international, neutral, impartial monitor or inspector, depending on the activity you are looking at - this is nothing new for us. We have been doing this for more than 70 years, and we will continue doing this."
His remarks come amid deep concerns and disappointment expressed by UN human rights experts, warning that Tokyo's decision could impact millions of people across the Pacific.
In a joint statement, three independent UN human rights experts expressed regret, saying there are alternative solutions.
Beijing, which has also expressed deep concerns, summoned Japan's ambassador to China on Thursday to protest.
"It is extremely selfish that Japan wantonly and unilaterally decided to release the nuclear wastewater into the sea and shift the burden and risks onto others in disregard of the safety and interests of the international community, its Asian neighbors in particular. To protect the health of their own people and international marine environment, China and the ROK, as Japan's close neighbors and stakeholders, expressed grave concerns and strong dissatisfaction."
North Korea also denounced Tokyo's decision Thursday, strongly urging Japan to immediately withdraw its decision to prevent "a new catastrophe for the humanity."
The regime's state-run news agency said the release would cause a vast amount of dangerous substances to spread across the Pacific within days.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.