IAEA nuclear head wants random inspections to ensure safety

Yukiya Amano delivering his statement at the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety

The UN nuclear chief says "stringent safety measures" are required to rebuild public confidence in the nuclear industry.

The International Atomic Energy Agency head, Yukiya Amano, says random safety reviews need to be carried out at 10 percent of the world's 440 nuclear power plants over a three-year period.

Amano warned that business as usual is not an option, as he opened the first high level ministerial meeting since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan.

“Public confidence in the safety of nuclear power has been deeply shaken. However, nuclear power will remain important for many countries, so it is imperative that the most stringent safety measures are implemented everywhere.”

Amano says the eyes of the world are watching as leaders from 150 countries meet in Vienna this week to come up with plans for safer nuclear power.

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