South Korea aims to fight Japan’s Fukushima decision in world tribunal
South Korea’s protests to US over Japan’s Fukushima waste water plan fall on deaf ears
- At a dinner with US climate envoy John Kerry, Seoul’s foreign minister sought to rally support behind South Korea’s opposition to the Fukushima plan
- Japan has said it will discharge more than 1 million tonnes of water from the plant that was wrecked by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011
“Minister Chung conveyed our government and people’s serious concerns about Japan’s decision, and asked the US side to take interest and cooperate so that Japan will provide information in a more transparent and speedy manner,” the ministry said in a statement.
But Kerry, at a media round table on Sunday, said Tokyo had made the decision in a transparent manner and will continue following due procedures.
“The United States is confident that the government of Japan is in very full consultations with the IAEA,” he said, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“The IAEA has set up a very rigorous process and I know that Japan has weighed all the options and the effects and they’ve been very transparent about the decision and the process.”
The former US secretary of state added that Washington would closely monitor Japan’s implementation “like every country, to make certain there is no public health threat.”
The South Korean foreign ministry said Chung and Kerry also agreed to work together to boost international cooperation to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, a goal pledged by South Korea, Europe and others.
Kerry told the round table that Biden aims to urge countries to commit to more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions targets, including China, such as by revamping their power initiatives or speeding up transitions to renewable energy.
“I think Korea has set an ambitious target and Korea is trying to do a lot, it’s not easy for any country,” Kerry said. “We need to be smarter, so do I think it’s possible for additional steps? I do think there are some things that could happen.”