IAEA chief: Action needed to address nuclear fears

April 4, 2011 18:37

VIENNA - The head of the UN nuclear agency called on Monday for international action to prevent a repetition of Japan's nuclear disaster, saying the operator of the crippled plant failed to take sufficient safety measures.

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told a nuclear safety forum stricter standards and full transparency were vital to restoring public confidence in nuclear energy.

"The crisis at Fukushima Daiichi has enormous implications for nuclear power and confronts all of us with a major challenge," Amano said in an opening address to a two-week conference of nuclear regulators from 72 countries in Vienna.

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