China urges Japan to explain its Fukushima plan amid reports of lethal levels of radiation

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/2/7 13:48:39

China on Monday urged the Japanese government to give a responsible explanation of how it will offset the impact of the Fukushima nuclear leakage amid reports the radiation at one Fukushima reactor has reached levels that are reportedly able to kill humans within seconds.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a press briefing on Monday that China has been closely watching the repercussions of the Fukushima nuclear accident and the ministry had issued the relevant safety alerts.

"[The Chinese side] has been asking the Japanese government to properly handle the accident and follow up on matters in a timely fashion," Lu said, adding that "any responsible government should pay continuous and high attention to the impact of the nuclear leakage on the marine environment, food safety and people's health."

Lu added that this is the Japanese government's obligation to not only the Japanese people, but also to people from the rest of the world, its neighbors included.

The radiation level in the containment vessel of Reactor 2 at the crippled Fukushima power plant has reached a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour, the highest since the triple core meltdown in March 2011, The Japan Times reported on Friday, citing Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. (Tepco).

A person could die from even brief exposure to 530 sieverts of radiation, according to the Times'report.

The Japan Times reported Monday that Tepco will place a robot cleaner in Reactor 2 to remove contaminated sediment inside the reactor.

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