Nuclear safety must not be politicized, says Iran envoy

TEHRAN, March 24 (MNA) – Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh says explosions in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex makes the sharing of technological information in nuclear safety a necessity and that nuclear safety must not be politicized.

With references to the nuclear disasters in TMI in 1979, Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima on March 11, Soltanieh said in order to avoid unnecessary public fear the realities must be reflected without any exaggeration and a the same take lessons for the future.

He added in the light of the fact than more than 300 research reactors and more than 400 nuclear plants are operating across the world it is absolutely necessary to share information in safety technology without any discrimination.

Addressing an emergency meeting of the IAEA board of governors on Tuesday, Soltanieh also called on the UN nuclear body to hold a symposium so that nuclear experts from countries member to the IAEA, especially those involved in nuclear industry, to take lessons from the incident in the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The ambassador also expressed Iran’s deep regret over the nuclear disaster in Japan.

“As representative of my government I express my sincere condolences to the great nation of Japan on this unprecedented natural disaster which led to the loss hundreds of lives and the breakout of the nuclear incident.”

He added the Japanese people deserve “special sympathy” as explosions in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant revived the bitter memories of the nuclear bombardments in World War II.

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