IAEA host nuclear talks on Japan

IAEA welcome 150 delegates to discuss Japan nuclear disaster.

June 20, 2011 17:22
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IAEA talks in Vienna

IAEA host nuclear talks focusing on Japan 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Japan's troubled Fukushima nuclear plant is at the heart of nuclear talks in Vienna.

The International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) is hosting a five-day conference to discuss improving nuclear safety sparked by the Daiichi power plant's partial meltdown.

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Despite Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis, IAEA director general Yukiya Amano says nuclear energy is here to stay.

IAEA Director General Yukia Amano said, "Public confidence in the safety of nuclear power has been badly shaken. However, nuclear power will remain important for many countries, so it is imperative that the most stringent safety measures are implemented everywhere."

Amano met with Japan's industry minister at the conference's opening.

The disaster caused by an earthquake and tsunami in March is the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

The IAEA says the incident will help make this technology safer in the future.

Amano continued, "The Fukushima Daiichi accident is one of the most serious and complex disasters which human beings have ever had to deal with. It has had an enormous impact on Japan and on the whole world. Nevertheless, valuable lessons will be learned which will strengthen nuclear safety everywhere."

Around 150 delegates are attending the talks.

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