Chinese foreign minister reiterates strong opposition to Japan’s dumping of nuclear-contaminated water ahead of facility construction

Hua Chunying File Photo: CGTN

China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday reiterated its deep concern and opposition to the Japanese government’s unilateral decision to discharge nuclear-contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea amid construction of facilities. of discharge should begin on Thursday. .

According to Kyodo News, Tokyo Electric Power Company said on Wednesday it would begin construction of underwater tunnels and other facilities on Thursday to discharge treated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated China’s criticism of Japan’s extremely irresponsible act of arbitrarily dumping nuclear-contaminated water when told asked to comment on Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s remarks at the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (NPT).

Japan will work closely with the international community to promote its efforts transparently in accordance with domestic and international security standards, Kishida said at the conference.

Fu Cong, director general of the Arms Control Department at the Chinese Foreign Ministry, who led the Chinese delegation to the meeting, said the Japanese government should seriously address the legitimate concerns of neighboring countries and the international community over the elimination of nuclear weapons. contaminated water and find appropriate means of treatment through full consultation with relevant stakeholders and international organizations.

“The peaceful use of nuclear energy should not be detrimental to the natural environment and human health,” Fu said.

Hua highlighted the questions and concerns raised by the Japanese people and the international community regarding his disposal plan, including the legitimacy of the disposal plan, the reliability of Japan’s data, the effectiveness of the treatment system and the uncertainty of the environmental impact.

Ms Hua urged Japan not to start the discharge until a proper way to deal with nuclear-contaminated water in a scientific, open, transparent and safe way is found.

Amid concerns over Japan’s Fukushima release plan, another nuclear power plant in central Japan leaked about seven tons of water containing radioactive elements on Monday.

According to operator Kansai Electric Power Company, the amount of radioactivity in the water leaking from the Mihama 3 reactor at the Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture is about 2.2 million becquerels.

The Japanese government decided to discharge nuclear-contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea in April 2021. The plan was officially approved by Japan’s nuclear regulator on July 22 and is expected to start in spring 2023.