IAEA chief: Don't drop ball on nuclear safety

August 27, 2012 13:37

VIENNA - Improving global nuclear safety after last year's Fukushima disaster must remain an urgent concern, despite improvements already made, the UN atomic agency chief said on Monday.

"Much work remains to be done and we must not relax our guard," said Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, at the start of an IAEA-hosted conference aimed at enhancing international standards to prevent any repeat of Japan's reactor meltdowns.

"The accident may have faded from international headlines but it is essential that all of us - member states, the IAEA and other key stakeholders - maintain our sense of urgency," the veteran Japanese diplomat said.

He was addressing delegates at the extraordinary meeting of the 75-nation Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS), which was negotiated after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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