• FM Chung Reiterates Fukushima Water Discharge Plan Must Follow IAEA Standards
Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong (L) responds to a lawmaker's question during an interpellation at the National Assembly on April 19, 2021. (Photo: Yonhap News)

Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong says South Korea will have little reason to object to Japan's plan to release contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea if it follows standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Chung told lawmakers during a parliamentary interpellation session Monday that three conditions must be met in regards to Japan's plan.

He said Tokyo must provide enough scientific evidence to back the move and share such information with Seoul.

The two countries should also hold sufficient consultations on the matter in advance, and South Korea's participation in the IAEA's safety verification process must be guaranteed.

Chung stressed that safeguarding the health and safety of the Korean people remains the government's top priority.

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