Confidence in nuclear power 'deeply shaken': IAEA chief

 

Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant after tsunami

Political leaders and nuclear experts have been urged to take measures to restore public confidence in nuclear safety shaken by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan in March this year.

The call has come from Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in a video message to a meeting of world leaders on nuclear safety and security held in New York, on Thursday.

Mr. Amano said that global use of nuclear power will continue to grow in the coming decades, although at a slower pace than previously projected.

But he added, public anxiety about nuclear power must be taken seriously.

"Public confidence in the safety of nuclear power has been deeply shaken throughout the world. I believe confidence can be restored in time, but only if governments, regulators and plant operators and the IAEA work together effectively to strengthen nuclear safety everywhere and demonstrate a high degree of transparency."

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