Moon Declares Exit from Nuke-centered Energy Policy

Write : 2017-06-19 13:12:14 Update : 2017-06-19 19:08:36

Moon Declares Exit from Nuke-centered Energy Policy

Anchor: President Moon Jae-in has vowed to reduce nuclear power generation in South Korea. He announced his plan during a ceremony marking the permanent shutdown of the country's first nuclear reactor, the Kori-1.
Our Kim In-kyung has more.
Report: President Moon Jae-in vowed to scrap a nuclear-centered energy policy in a ceremony held in Gijang County northeast of Busan to mark the permanent shutdown of the Kori-1 nuclear reactor on Monday.
He hailed the shutdown of the reactor, calling it the start of the country’s journey to becoming a nuclear-free nation and a safer South Korea. The president stressed that the government’s energy policies in the future should focus on boosting public safety, environmental protection and sustainable growth.
He noted that with the world’s highest density of nuclear power plants, South Korea is no longer safe during earthquakes. Moon promised to handle the safe operation of nuclear power plants as a national security issue.
As part of the efforts, the president announced that the government will abolish all plans to build new nuclear power plants while upgrading the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission to an agency under his direct supervision.
Moon stressed that the operational lifespan of aged nuclear power plants will not be extended. The president also said he will work to gain social consensus on whether to shut down the country’s second-oldest nuclear reactor, the Wolseong-1, and to halt the construction of the Shin Kori-5 and -6 reactors which are around 30 percent complete. 
The president pledged to usher in an era of future-oriented, alternative energy sources, promising active support for the renewable energy industry and nuclear power plant dismantlers. 
Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News.

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