China, Japan, South Korea Ink Atomic Crisis-Response Plan

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Dec. 4, 2013, 9:02 a.m.

China, Ja­pan and South Korea last week fi­nal­ized plans to rap­idly share data amongst them­selves on po­ten­tial fu­ture atom­ic crises, the Wall Street Journ­al re­por­ted on Wed­nes­day.

The Asi­an gov­ern­ments pledged to promptly es­tab­lish email ac­counts and tele­phone lines spe­cific­ally des­ig­nated for swap­ping in­form­a­tion on even re­l­at­ively minor atom­ic events.

The 2011 dis­aster at Ja­pan’s Fukushi­ma Daii­chi nuc­le­ar power plant re­ceived the most ser­i­ous rat­ing on a sev­en-tier scale and promp­ted con­cerns about con­tam­in­ants spread­ing to China and South Korea. However, the three na­tions also com­mit­ted to in­form each oth­er of de­vel­op­ments as small as level-2 atom­ic “in­cid­ents,” as well as level-1 “an­om­alies” deemed to be of gen­er­al con­cern.

Ad­di­tion­ally, ac­ci­dent-pre­ven­tion and -mit­ig­a­tion blue­prints are ex­pec­ted to be ex­changed as part of the deal, which atom­ic au­thor­it­ies from the three powers signed last Thursday in the Chinese city of Taishan.

The ar­range­ment does not cov­er atom­ic-en­ergy activ­it­ies over­seen by China’s armed forces, said Lee Jae-sung, who over­sees South Korea’s Nuc­le­ar Safety and Se­cur­ity Com­mis­sion. Even so, Lee said, the plan is “un­pre­ced­en­ted.”

This art­icle was pub­lished in Glob­al Se­cur­ity News­wire, which is pro­duced in­de­pend­ently by Na­tion­al Journ­al Group un­der con­tract with the Nuc­le­ar Threat Ini­ti­at­ive. NTI is a non­profit, non­par­tis­an group work­ing to re­duce glob­al threats from nuc­le­ar, bio­lo­gic­al, and chem­ic­al weapons.

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