28 Mar '11, 11pm

IAEA calls for nuclear safety summit amid Japan crisis

IAEA calls for nuclear safety summit amid Japan crisis

VIENNA - The world's nuclear watchdog agency on Monday called for a top-level summit in the coming months to try to learn lessons from the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan. International Atomic Energy Agency director general Yukiya Amano, speaking at a news conference, proposed that "a high-level IAEA conference on nuclear safety" be held in Vienna before the summer, possibly in June. "The conference should cover... future assessment of the accident, considering lessons that could be learned and ways of strengthening nuclear safety and strengthening the response to nuclear accidents and emergencies," he said. "I believe that IAEA is at best value to follow this accident because we have the expertise and extensive membership and we can ensure transparency," he added. Plutonium has been detected in soil at a stricken nuclear plant in Japan and highly contaminated water has le...

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