CHINA | IAEA states pledge to strengthen nuclear safety measures

Posted on June 20, 2011

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CHINA | XINHUA | 20 June 2011

VIENNA, June 20 (Xinhua) — Member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday vowed to strengthen nuclear safety measures, in order to minimize the risk of future nuclear accident.

A declaration was adopted at the ongoing IAEA ministerial conference on nuclear safety, expressing member states’ resolve to enhance nuclear safety around the world.

It emphasizes the importance of “implementing enhanced national and international measures to ensure that the highest and most robust levels of nuclear safety are in place, based on IAEA safety standards.”

“The standards should be continuously reviewed, strengthened and implemented as broadly and effectively as possible,” the declaration said.

The declaration also underlines that countries with nuclear power programs “have a central role in ensuring the application of the highest standards of nuclear safety.”

It also calls on countries with operating nuclear power plants to conduct comprehensive risk and safety assessments of their nuclear plants in a transparent manner.

“IAEA safety standards need to be strengthened, and universally applied,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in his opening remarks at the conference earlier Monday.

He pointed out that in light of Japan’s nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant, safety standards relevant to the accident should be reviewed.

From Monday through Friday, ministers and high-level representatives from IAEA member states will participate in discussions on lessons from the Fukushima nuclear accident and debate future actions for preventing such disasters.

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