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Thursday, 12 June 2014

China Complains About Plutonium in Japan


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Nuclear fuel rods in the spent fuel pool in the building housing the No. 4 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in November 2013.Pool photo by Kimimasa MayamaNuclear fuel rods in the spent fuel pool in the building housing the No. 4 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in November 2013.
China has complained that Japan has 640 kilograms of plutonium that it did not report to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
An official with the Japan Atomic Energy Commission told Kyodo News that the 1,410 pounds of material, which was stored as part of the mixed plutonium-uranium oxide fuel for an offline reactor at Kyushu Electric Power’s Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture, was believed to be exempt from I.A.E.A. reporting requirements.
The failure to report the plutonium to the I.A.E.A. in 2012 and 2013 was first revealed by Kakujoho, a Japanese website focusing on nuclear policy, Kyodo said.
Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Monday that Japan’s stockpiling of nuclear materials was “a matter of grave concern for the international community.” She said that Japan was obliged to report that plutonium to the I.A.E.A. and raised the question of whether its failure to disclose the material was “an unintentional omission or a deliberate concealment.”
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