“Global rethink" needed after Fukushima nuclear accident

Fukushima nuclear plant

Fukushima nuclear plant

A global rethink on nuclear energy is needed following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

 Mr. Ban launched a UN study on the implications of the accident at the plant which was damaged by an earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March.

 The report, based on the study, will be presented to the High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security, to be held in September.

UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky says the aim of the study is to highlight the need to strengthen the capacity of the relevant international organizations, particularly the International Atomic Energy Agency.

 "The Secretary-General has made clear that the time has come for a global rethink on nuclear energy and safety issues. While acknowledging that each State has the right to define its national energy policy, our common objective is to deepen our understanding of the entire range of issues relating to development of nuclear energy and its safety transcending national borders."

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