IAEA endorses action plan for nuclear safetySeptember 23rd, 2011 - 5:10 am ICT by IANS
Vienna, Sep 23 (IANS) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Thursday unanimously agreed to an action plan to help strengthen global nuclear security in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.
The action plan was drawn up by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and endorsed by the ongoing 55th General Conference of the UN watchdog in Vienna’s UN center, Xinhua reported Friday.
All member states agreed that the implementation of the plan through concrete and effective measures was urgent and important.
The 12-point programme was aimed to promote safety controls in the world’s 432 nuclear reactors, and to improve standards and independence of supervisory authorities. However, the action plan was not obligatory as nuclear safety remained a national issue.
The 55th IAEA’s General Conference mainly focused on the summing-up of experience in the aftermath of Japan’s nuclear accident in March and the improvement of nuclear safety.
The 151-member IAEA seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons.
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