Korea to Pressure Abe with Fukushima Radiation Issue

  • By Choi Yeon-jin

    August 14, 2019 09:44

    The government plans to pressure Japan to reveal its plans on the disposal of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear reactor that melted down in 2011.

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Kim In-chul told reporters on Tuesday, "We will keep checking what Japan is doing about radioactive water from the Fukushima reactor and seek specific data from Japanese authorities."

    "If necessary, we will seek close cooperation with other Pacific coast countries who fear damage to come up with a response."

    This Jan. 25, 2019 file photo shows tanks with contaminated water that has been treated at Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. The utility company operating Fukushima's tsunami-wrecked nuclear power plant earlier this month said it will run out of space for tanks to store massive amounts of treated but still contaminated water in three years. /AP-Yonhap

    Greenpeace warned last Wednesday that the Japanese government is trying to dump 1 million tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.

    The Japanese government has kept quiet about the plans and merely said is "still considering" the plan and will give relevant information to the international community in the future.

    Contaminated water flows through a crack from a reactor at Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, in this photo taken by a robot and released on Tuesday. /Courtesy of Tokyo Electric Power Company

    In a recent meeting with Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and other high-ranking government officials, President Moon Jae-in called for an "active response." A Foreign Ministry official said the matter is "an issue of major concern to the public." 

    Moon also asked the Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to deal with the misidentification of Korea's easternmost islet of Dokdo as belonging to Japan on the website of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee.

    The Korean Sport and Olympic Committee last week sent a letter of protest to the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese Olympic Committee.

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