The Second Vice Minister Chang-kyung Kim led the Korean delegation to the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety held in Vienna, Austria, from June 20th to 24th, introduced Korea's prompt reaction to the Fukushima nuclear accident, and expressed the government's will to actively participate in the international effort to strengthen the nuclear safety system.
During the Conference, government officials and nuclear power experts from 151 IAEA member countries discussed nuclear safety measures based on the lessons from the Fukushima nuclear accident. At the end of the conference, participants adopted a declaration on nuclear safety, which calls for strengthening nuclear safety, national/regional/international emergency preparedness, and regulation authorities, under the leading role of the IAEA.
In his keynote address, Vice Minister Kim said that Korea, being the most adjacent country to Japan, conducted safety investigation on domestic reactors immediately after the Fukushima accident from March 23th to April 30th, establishing short- and long-term improvement measures. He also expressed Korea's will to fulfill its responsibility as an exporter of nuclear power plant and transfer nuclear safety system and institutions to importing countries.
Meanwhile, Japan submitted a national report on Fukushima nuclear accident to the Conference and presented current situation and future measures. The report acknowledged that the accountability of nuclear safety was not ensured because administrative bodies in charge of nuclear safety have been dispersed throughout different government agencies, and included Japanese government's decision to separate its nuclear safety agency from the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.