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(LEAD) Parliament adopts resolution against Japan's Fukushima water release plan

Politics 17:26 June 29, 2021

(ATTN: UPDATES with resolution's plenary session passage in paras 1-2; CHANGES headline and photo)

SEOUL, June 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's parliament on Tuesday adopted a resolution condemning Japan's plan to dump contaminated water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea.

During its plenary session, the National Assembly passed the resolution, which also calls on Tokyo to take sufficient measures to ensure the safe disposal of radioactive water at the Fukushima plant.

This file photo shows a plenary session of the National Assembly. (Yonhap)

The resolution was prepared by ruling and opposition parties after the Japanese government announced a decision in April to start releasing massive amounts of radioactive water stored in tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in two years.

"The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea strongly condemns the Japanese government's unilateral decision to release Fukushima's contaminated radioactive wastewater into the sea and urges the immediate withdrawal of the decision," the resolution said.

"The National Assembly will never tolerate any action by the Japanese government that could harm the health of our people," it said, asking the Seoul government to devise effective countermeasures and take an active diplomatic response.

The resolution then asks Tokyo to choose the method for treating radioactive water through close consultations with neighboring countries, including South Korea.

It demands that the Japanese government scientifically and thoroughly verify the safety issues related to the contaminated Fukushima water and the South Korean government participate in the IAEA's joint investigation team to ensure transparent disclosure of the contaminated water treatment process.


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