Fukushima Nuclear Plant: This decision to release water into the sea has been taken after a decade of severe earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
Fukushima nuclear disaster (AFP-File Photo)
China (China) and Japan (Japan) have come face to face with the release of the water of the Fukushima Nuclear Plant into the sea. Japan has decided to release the treated radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the sea. China has strongly objected to this decision on Tuesday. He has warned Japan that Beijing may take an even tougher stance.
Japan decided on Tuesday to release the treated radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima number-1 nuclear power plant into the sea, according to ‘Japan Times’. Also, it has assessed that it will not have any detrimental effect on human health or the environment. However, local fishermen have expressed concern about this. Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihida Suga met with members of his cabinet to officially authorize the decision taken in this regard. This decision to release water into the sea has been taken after a decade of severe earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
Sharp response from China and South Korea
Neighboring China and South Korea have reacted sharply to US-backed Japan’s move. China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that being a close neighbor and party, the Chinese side expresses serious concern over this. The statement said, ‘Fukushima nuclear accident is one of the most serious accidents in world history. The leakage of a large number of radioactive material will have far-reaching effects on the marine environment, food security and human health.
Danger to neighboring countries
China said that in a review report by the experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the danger has been told. This report states, ‘If the wastewater contains the tritium of the Fukushima nuclear plant and it is released into the sea, it will affect the marine environment and the health of the people of neighboring countries. Therefore, to remove other radionuclides from the treated waste water, the water needs to be further purified. ‘ The Chinese Foreign Ministry has also cited the United Nations Scientific Committee (UNSCEAR) report on nuclear radiation. They believe that there is a need to continuously monitor the impact of waste water on the marine ecological environment.
Japan to revisit its decision
The statement said that the Japanese government should reconsider its decision to release waste water into the sea before reaching a consensus through discussions with all parties and the IAEA. China’s official CGTN TV has reported that South Korea has also expressed serious concerns after Suga’s announcement. Ku Yu Cheol, head of South Korea’s Government Policy Coordination Office, said the government would take every step necessary to protect its people from the contaminated waters of the Fukushima nuclear plant. The YTN broadcaster has reported that South Korea summoned Japanese ambassador Koichi Eboshi in this regard on Tuesday. However, the US defended the decision of the Japanese government, saying that leaving the treated water in the sea is an acceptable approach.
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