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Disposal of Fukushima nuclear wastewater should be assessed under framework of intl agencies, not let world pay: FM
Published: Apr 21, 2021 07:37 PM
Wang Wenbin File Photo: FM

Wang Wenbin File Photo: FM


China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday the disposal of Fukushima nuclear wastewater should be assessed and discussed under the framework of international agencies including the UN, the WHO, and the IAEA, urging the Japanese government to correct its irresponsible decision to dump of the wastewater to the ocean and avoid involving people all around the world in paying for its wrongdoings.  

The remarks came after South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong expressed opposition to the move, and said on Tuesday that Seoul will work closely with international agencies to deal with Japan.

At a routine press conference, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stressed that before dumping nuclear-contaminated water, there should be a discussion with neighboring countries and an evaluation within the framework of international agencies including the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Wang added that Japan's decision to dump the nuclear-contaminated water is not only opaque, unscientific, unlawful, irresponsible and unethical, but also at risk of being condemned by the world.

"A ban has been placed on black scorpionfish caught off Fukushima waters from entering markets due to the detection of excessive radioactive materials. And this is the second time that fish have been found with excessive radioactive materials in Fukushima waters since February," said Wang.

All of these signs point to the fact that disposal of radionuclides is complicated and difficult, noted Wang, adding that the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident has been bringing harm to its surroundings for the past decade since it happened. 

"However, Japan keeps slighting the opposition from the international community, violating its international responsibilities on the issue, and choosing to let the whole world become exposed to the risk by trying to dump its own radioactive water once and for all," Wang said.

At the press conference, Wang supported South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, who opposed Japan's decision to dump Fukushima nuclear wastewater into the ocean and said South Korea will work with international organizations in response to Japan's water disposal plan.

Wang said that the methods of the wastewater disposal concern the safety of the Asia-Pacific region, the global ecological environment, and the lives and the health of people in all countries. The data should be evaluated and consultations held with all parties whose interests are bound to it.

"We noticed that Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Company intends to submit a progress plan for wastewater disposal in May. We express strong opposition and serious concern to the matter as Japan unilaterally pushes forward the plan without consultation with the international community especially neighboring countries," Wang said.  

"Please don't let people all over the world pay for Japan's wrongdoings," he added.  

Global Times
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