UN chief calls for nuclear safety

August 8th, 2011 - 11:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, Aug 8 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Monday called for strengthening nuclear safety after visiting Japan’s disaster-hit zone in Fukushima.

Ban said at a joint press conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto in Tokyo that the Fukushima nuclear power accident “has underscored the importance of strengthened nuclear safety”.

Nuclear safety should be “coordinated on the regional and international level” to better serve “the interest of the world in promoting the energy,” he added.

Ban visited Fukushima in Monday morning, expressing support to displaced people five months after the quake, tsunami and the ensuing nuclear crisis.

Visiting a shelter at a gymnasium, Ban told some 300 people that “the world is with you” in Japanese, encouraging the victims of the disasters to hang on.

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