On Wednesday, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs objected to Japan’s proposal to release polluted wastewater from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactor and suggested it should send radioactive waste to the United States. .
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(Ms. Hoa Xuan Oanh, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China / Photo: Getty Images)
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hoa Xuan Oanh posted sarcasm on Twitter: “Japan and the United States claim that the treated nuclear wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant is in compliance with international safety standards and is even drinkable, so why not hold back for only me? Or can it be sent to the United States? ”
#Japan and the #US claim that the treated nuclear waster water from the #Fukushima nuclear power plant is in compliance with international safety standards and even drinkable, then why don’t they keep the water for themselves? or maybe ship it to the US？ pic.twitter.com/qsSwJbufjF
– Hua Chunying 华春莹 (@SpokespersonCHN) April 14, 2021
In a long statement on Tuesday (April 13), Ms. Hoa said Japan’s plan to discharge Fukushima wastewater is “irresponsible” and requires international supervision:
Despite doubts and objections from home and abroad, Japan unilaterally decided to discharge Fukushima nuclear wastewater into the sea before applying all safe treatment options without consultation. comprehensive with neighboring countries and the international community. This is very irresponsible and will seriously affect the health and immediate benefits of the people in neighboring countries.
The seas are the common property of mankind. How wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant is treated is not merely an internal issue of Japan. We strongly urge the Japanese side to do its part and comply [các biện pháp] science, fulfill international obligations and adequately respond to the serious concerns of the international community, its neighbors and their own people. Japan should reassess the issue and limit the indiscriminate discharge of wastewater before reaching consensus from all stakeholders and the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) through consultation processes. full question.
China will continue to work closely with the international community to closely monitor developments in this issue and have the right to give further responses. ”
On Tuesday (April 13), Japan announced that it plans to begin discharging more than one million tons of radioactive treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi plant within 2 years.
The Fukushima plant was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Wastewater has accumulated in the giant reservoirs in the area for the past decade, and the reservoirs are expected to be full. at the end of 2022.
The Office of Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide said: “Before discharge, the water in the reservoirs will be diluted so that the concentration of tritium will be much lower than the national standards prescribed by Japan, and in line with international standards. ” The Prime Minister’s Office also stated that tritium was in the water “Emit weak radiation” and at risk “very low” for health.
Other Japanese officials said all chemicals used in the treatment would comply with international standards and that emissions would be monitored by the IAEA. The International Atomic Energy Agency states that previous emissions have not had a negative impact on the environment.
Despite these commitments, the emissions plan does not appear to be supported in both Fukushima City in particular and Japan in general. South Korea, which has strained diplomatic relations with Japan at the moment, has also opposed the emissions. Japanese officials countered by accusing the Koreans of being hypocritical because they routinely discharge treated wastewater with much higher levels of tritium from four heavy-water nuclear reactors (water containing one). their ratio of deuterium is higher than usual).
Chinese state media criticized Japan on Tuesday (April 13), calling the Fukushima plan a “Shameful decision”, accusing the IAEA “Not enough experience” to approve the plan and ridicule the United States for backing an allegedly unreliable government in Tokyo.
On April 13, The Global Times, run by the Communist Party of China, said the United States had “fondness” Japan in one “Evil geopolitical performance” because, unlike Japan’s close neighbors, the United States is not concerned with environmental damage to the Pacific Rim.
“But the US may have miscalculated. With the world’s strongest currents along the Fukushima coast, radioactive material could spread to the entire Pacific Ocean. It is utterly delusional and short-sighted when the US thinks it can separate itself from a potential crisis, “ Hoan Cau Times newspaper stated.
Another editorial of the Global Times newspaper cited protests from South Korea and some Japanese commentators to encourage Asia-Pacific countries. “Working together, ensuring emissions [được tiến hành] Under international supervision and reserves the right to sue Japan in accordance with relevant international law if HTokyo’s actions cause damage and pollution. “
The Communist China newspaper also claims the US support of Tokyo demonstrates the US concept of one “A rules-based international order” actually “A lie is intended solely for the US’s strategic interests that ignores the concerns of other countries, even US allies such as South Korea.”
“Japan dares to deal with the US on nuclear issues that will affect the marine environment shared by the world, so Tokyo is ineligible to ask the international community to trust, and “transparency. “This country’s is not convincing,” Hoan Cau Thoi Bao said harshly.
Vy An (According to Breitbart)