04 Apr '11, 11pm

UN nuclear chief Yukiya Amano said the Fukushima leak presents a 'major challenge', and that lessons must be learned

UN nuclear chief Yukiya Amano said the Fukushima leak presents a 'major challenge', and that lessons must be learned

'It is clear that more needs to be done to strengthen the safety of nuclear power plants so that the risk of a future accident is significantly reduced,' he said. -- PHOTO: AP VIENNA - JAPAN'S reactor crisis poses a major challenge with enormous implications for nuclear power, the head of the UN's atomic watchdog said on Monday, while separately appearing to criticise the operator of the crippled complex. Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, also stressed that the global nuclear community cannot take a 'business-as-usual approach.' Lessons must be learned from the fact that the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has been leaking radiation into the environment ever since it was hit March 11 by a massive tsunami, he said. Mr Amano spoke at a meeting for experts from about 70 countries on scrutinizing the safety of nuclear power plants. 'I know you will agree w...

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