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U.N. nuclear chief to convene high-level safety meeting

29 Mar

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukio Amano gives a press conference after a Board of Governors Conference at agency headquarters in Vienna on March 21, 2011. Amano said he had "no doubt" that the current nuclear crisis in Japan would be "effectively overcome". The IAEA has come under heavy fire for its response to the disaster, with critics accusing it of being too slow and not providing timely or accurate information about the unfolding catastrophe. (Photo by SAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

Vienna, March 29, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — The U.N. nuclear chief said Monday he is convening a high-level conference to examine safety procedures at nuclear plants worldwide in the wake of the Japan disaster, Japan Today reported on Tuesday.

Yukiya Amano said his International Atomic Energy Agency will hold the meeting possibly in late June. He said the meeting will focus on assessments of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, lessons that need to be learned and ways of strengthening the international response to such accidents.

He said that—beyond experts—the IAEA’s 151 members will be sending government representatives, saying presence at a “political level” is necessary due to the seriousness of the crisis.

‘‘The critical situation in Fukushima Daiichi has still not been overcome and it takes some time to stabilize the reactors,’’ Amano said at a press conference.

Amano also repeatedly emphasized that the situation at the plant in Fukushima Prefecture ‘‘continues to be very serious,’’ while adding that he believes that the problem will be solved through the efforts of those at the site.

Thanks to ‘‘the heroic efforts by the emergency workers, some progress have been made,’’ he said.   (*)

 
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