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IAEA chief says planning to visit Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine

  • May 20, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 12:49 p.m.
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TOKYO – International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi said Friday he is planning to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine in the near future.


The planned visit to the plant, now under Russia’s control following its invasion of Ukraine, was announced as Grossi met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo.


Grossi stressed the importance of ensuring the facility’s safety, while Kishida told him that Japan “highly regards the IAEA’s efforts.”


In April, Grossi visited the Chernobyl nuclear plant in northern Ukraine, site of the world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986. The plant was occupied by the Russian military for about a month.


During the meeting at the prime minister’s office, he and Kishida also discussed the IAEA’s safety review of Japan’s planned release of treated water into the sea from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.


Kishida said the agency’s review, conducted in February, was crucial in gaining the understanding of the Japanese people and of other countries.


The IAEA is scheduled to verify safety of the plan again in the latter half of the year.


On Thursday, Grossi inspected the Fukushima plant, damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and held talks with Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi in Tokyo.


Grossi and Hayashi agreed that the IAEA and Japan will cooperate on securing safety for nuclear power plants in Ukraine.


Hayashi pledged 2 million euros in Japanese aid to that end through the IAEA. The money would be used, among other things, to provide necessary equipment and dispatch IAEA experts.

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