South Korea and the US show differences in relation to the Jan government’s Fukushima plans

South Korea and the US show differences in relation to the Jan government’s Fukushima plans


South Korea raised concerns about Jan’s decision to release contaminated water from his crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea with the visit of US Climate Commissioner John Kerry, the State Department said, but Kerry reaffirmed Washington’s confidence in the transparency of the plan.

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South Korea raised concerns about Jan’s decision to release contaminated water from his crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea with the visit of US Climate Commissioner John Kerry, the State Department said, but Kerry reaffirmed Washington’s confidence in the transparency of the plan.

Kerry arrived in Seoul on Saturday to discuss international efforts to fight global warming on a trip that includes a stop in China ahead of President Joe Biden’s virtual summit with world leaders on climate change on May 22-23. April included.

South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong tried to gather support for the country’s protest against the Fukushima plan at a dinner with Kerry. As part of the plan, more than a million tons of water from the facility, which was destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, will be discharged into the nearby sea off the east coast of Jan.

Seoul strongly denied the decision, and the State Department asked Janese Ambassador and President Moon Jae to instruct the officials to examine the petition to an international court.

“Minister Chung has expressed the serious concern of our government and the people about Jan’s decision and asked the US side to show interest and work together to make Jan’s information more transparent and faster,” the ministry said in a statement.

But Kerry said at a media round table on Sunday that Tokyo had made the decision transparently and would continue to follow due process.

“The United States is confident that Jan’s administration is in very extensive consultations with the IAEA,” he said, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“The IAEA has a very strict process in place and I know Jan weighed all the options and implications and they were very transparent about the decision and the process.”

The former US Secretary of State added that Washington, like any country, will closely monitor Jan’s implementation to ensure there is no public health hazard.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry said Chung and Kerry have also agreed to work together to strengthen international cooperation to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, a goal that South Korea, Europe and others have pledged.

Kerry told the round table that Biden wants to urge countries to commit to more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions targets, including China, such as by revising their energy initiatives or accelerating the transition to renewables.

The United States is expected to announce its own new emissions target for 2030 this week.

“I think Korea has an ambitious goal and Korea is trying to do a lot. It is not easy for any country,” said Kerry. “We have to be smarter, so I think it is possible for additional steps? I think there are some things that could change.”

(With contributions from agencies)

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