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Nuclear safety commission OKs restart of Kori No. 2 nuclear reactor

All Headlines 14:50 October 16, 2018

SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's nuclear safety commission on Tuesday approved the restart of a nuclear reactor that was shut down six months ago.

The 650-megawatt Kori No. 2 reactor in the southern port city of Busan went offline on April 17 for routine inspections.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said it has repaired two cracks on the outer surfaces of an auxiliary building and another building that houses the nuclear fuel.

The Kori No. 2 reactor is expected to operate at full capacity on Friday afternoon, said Kong Byoung-moon, a commission official in charge of safety regulations at the Kori reactor.

Currently, South Korea operates 24 nuclear reactors that generate 27 percent of its total power.

The reactor is located in South Korea's second-largest city, Busan, about 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

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