Ban urges better safety, security at nuke plants
New York: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging strong international action to boost safety and security of nuclear power plants against accidents and terrorist attack.
Ban told a high-level meeting on Thursday at the General Assembly that the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan in March was a wake-up call for the world.
Chief of the UN nuclear watchdog Yukiya Amano said in a statement that public confidence in nuclear power could be restored only if governments, regulators and plant operators were more transparent.
Last week, the agency adopted a post-Fukushima nuclear safety plan but several influential member nations complained that it was too timid because compliance is voluntary.
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