Japan Urged to Stop Trial Operation of Nuclear Reprocessing Plant

Pyongyang, April 7 (KCNA) — Thirteen civic and public organizations and political parties in south Korea reportedly called a news conference in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on Mar. 31 at which they urged the Japanese government to immediately stop the trial operation of a nuclear reprocessing plant in Lokashomura. Among them were the Bar Association for a Democratic Society, the Citizens’ Solidarity for Democratic Society, the Green Federation, the Environmental Movement Association and the Democratic Workers’ Party.

A statement issued at the conference pointed out that in case the plant goes operational, it will produce four tons of nuclear weapon grade plutonium in just two years. A huge amount of plutonium enough to manufacture more than 1,000 nuclear bombs annually will be churned out from the plant from the year 2011 when it is presumed to go into full operation, it added.

This will increase concern about Japan’s moves to become a military giant and realize nuclear weaponization among Northeast Asian countries and escalate regional discord, the statement warned, and went on:

The plant will seriously pollute environment as it will discharge gas and spent water contaminated by radioactive rays into the atmosphere and the sea, and the Northeast Asian region will be, accordingly, seized with the horror of a nuclear disaster.
The statement urged Japan to immediately stop the trial operation of the plant detrimental to peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

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