Policy & Regulation

14 Apr 2021

S. Korea Expresses 'Strong Regret' over Japan's Decision to Release Water from Fukushima

14 Apr 2021  by Yonhap   

South Korea on Tuesday expressed strong regret over Japan's decision to release contaminated water into the sea from its wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.

A protestor wearing a mask depicting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga simulates the disposal of radioactive water into the ocean during a rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on April 13, 2021, as environmental activists express their objection to the Japanese government's decision to discharge water containing radioactive materials stored at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. (Yonhap)

Tokyo announced earlier in the day that it plans to start releasing massive amounts of radioactive water, which has been stored in tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, in two years.

Koo Yoon-cheol, head of South Korea's Office for Government Policy Coordination, gathered an emergency vice-ministerial meeting at 10 a.m. at the Seoul government complex to discuss Seoul's position and measures on Japan's announcement.

"The government expresses strong regret over the Japanese government's decision to release contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean," Koo said during a press conference held after the meeting.

He added that the government will take every necessary measures in line with the principle of keeping the South Korean people safe from the contaminated water from the Fukushima plant.

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