Thursday, June 09, 2011

Fukushima: Iran's Ambassador to IAEA criticizes IAEA for inaccuracy of Fukushima reporting

Vienna, June 8, IRNA -- Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh criticized the UN nuclear watchdog for inaccuracy of reporting on Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

Presenting a statement on Fukushima nuclear disaster to the agency’s Board of Governors, he said that nuclear energy is a durable source of energy and nuclear power stations have not negative effect on global warming and greenhouse while the other power stations have dangerous environmental consequences.

He said that more than 64 billion watts of electricity have been generated from nuclear energy in the past 50 years at 440 nuclear plants which account for generating 16 percent of the total electricity in more than 30 countries.

Soltanieh further noted that observance of safety standards is necessary.

He said that both the IAEA and Japan were committed to regularly inform the member states of the dimensions of the disaster in Fukushima and that the director general of the agency was expected to obtain the news from Japan and reflect them to the member states after examining their authenticity.

He deplored that not only the IAEA failed to fulfill its obligation, the Japanese technical staff refused to answer the questions at the technical justification sessions at the agency's secretariat.

Soltanieh said that all the countries were entitled to obtain reliable information on radioactive contamination.

He said that neither the agency nor Japan did fulfill their commitment to the conventions of agency.

'If the disaster happened in another country, would the agency act like this?' Soltanieh asked.

He called for all the countries close cooperation to promote nuclear safety in line with peaceful use of nuclear energy.