IAEA, the secretary general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who is visiting Japan, responded to an independent interview with NHK about TEPCO's plan to flush treated water containing radioactive substances such as tritium accumulated at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station into the sea. We would like to establish an information transmission system that can grasp the environmental impact of ocean discharge in real time anywhere in the world. "

On the 20th, IAEA Secretary-General Grossi responded to an independent interview with NHK in Tokyo about the plan to dilute the treated water accumulated in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant below the standard and release it to the sea, which is being promoted by the government and TEPCO. If proceeded properly, it will not have a negative impact on the environment, and Fukushima's marine products and agricultural products will not be a problem, "he said.

On the other hand, regarding the release of treated water, there are deep-rooted concerns about damage to rumors, especially among locals and fishermen. It is necessary for the government, TEPCO, and other related parties to deal with each other in good faith, such as by disclosing all information. "

Regarding the release to the ocean, he said that there is a backlash from neighboring countries. "There are experts from China and South Korea in the IAEA survey, and the safety verification is extremely objective."

On top of that, Mr. Grossi said, "I would like to create a system to disseminate information in real time so that people all over the world can know about it so that we can understand the environmental impact of the release of treated water into the ocean" in order to promote understanding in Japan and overseas. , Showed the idea of ​​establishing a new mechanism to convey the latest information on the release of treated water.

North Korea's nuclear test “ready to be carried out”

In an independent interview with NHK, Secretary-General Grossi said, "The satellite images we obtained capture important activities that are close to the past activities that led to the nuclear test." It shows that the moment is approaching. "

US President Joe Biden's aide to South Korea's nuclear test may be undertaken during President Biden's visit to South Korea and Japan from the 20th.

"No one wants any more nuclear tests," said Glossi, saying that the IAEA is ready to resume inspections of North Korea, which has been suspended since 2009. Showed expectations.

Talks with Russian side for inspection of Ukraine Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

Meanwhile, Secretary-General Grossi said that Russia took control of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in the southeast after the invasion of Ukraine. "There are a lot of uranium and plutonium in the area, and these records cannot be lost. Inspections and monitoring need to be carried out, "he said, revealing that he is in talks with the Russian side for inspections.

“The role of nuclear power is increasing in the tide of decarbonization”

In an interview with Mr. Grossi, when asked if the situation in North Korea and the military invasion of Russia threatened the safety and future of nuclear power, "the wind direction of nuclear power as a whole has clearly changed in the opposite direction. Since the recession caused by the pandemic, nuclear power has been recognized as a very efficient means of sustaining growth to achieve its decarbonization commitments. It is not a universal drug, but it is very. It's an efficient, economical and clean energy, "he said, saying that the role of nuclear power is increasing in the global decarbonization trend.

Regarding Japan, "Japan is a state-of-the-art country in many fields, and while it has the only experience of using nuclear weapons, it has also experienced a nuclear accident. Similar accidents should never happen again." He expressed his hope for his role in fields such as the peaceful use of nuclear power, the development of next-generation nuclear power plants, and the spread of radiation therapy.