Seoul Summons Japan Diplomat over TEPCO N-Plant Water


Seoul, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)--The South Korean Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned a Japanese diplomat over ever-increasing water at the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The ministry sought explanations about Japan's policy on treating water contaminated with radioactive materials at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> plant, which had a nuclear disaster following the March 2011 powerful earthquake and tsunami.

Tomofumi Nishinaga, minister at the Japanese embassy in Seoul, was also asked about an idea of releasing treated water contaminating tritium, a radioactive material, into the sea, according to the ministry.

Nishinaga explained Japan's position on the matters and said he will report the South Korean government's views to his own country's government, the ministry said.

Kwon Se-jung, director of climate, environment, science and foreign affairs at the ministry, handed a statement to Nishinaga, according to the ministry.

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