Saturday, May 30, 2015Saturday, May 30, 2015

IAEA head says don't relax on nuclear safety

Published on Aug 27, 2012 10:09 PM
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano listens to a speech during the second Extraordinary Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna on Aug 27, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

VIENNA (AFP) - The head of the UN atomic agency called on Monday on countries with nuclear power not to lose their "sense of urgency" in improving safety after last year's Fukushima disaster in Japan.

Opening a conference in Vienna analysing the aftermath of the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years, International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano said "significant progress" had been made since.

This included implementing measures outlined in the IAEA's Action Plan drawn up after Fukushima such as assessing possible risks, improving readiness for emergencies, reviewing safety standards and convening expert meetings.

"The accident may have faded from the international headlines, but it is essential that all of us ... maintain our sense of urgency and our commitment to implementing the Action Plan in full," Mr Amano said. "Much work remains to be done and we must not relax our guard." 

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!