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Press Statement of Department Director for Foreign Affairs of DPRK Ministry of Land and Environment Protection

Date: 09/07/2023 | Source: KCNA.kp (En) | Read original version at source

Pyongyang, July 9 (KCNA) -- The department director for foreign affairs of the DPRK Ministry of Land and Environment Protection issued the following press statement on July 9:

Today mankind, exposed to serious ecological challenge and threat due to El Nino-brought extremely high temperature and natural disasters, has faced another calamity to be brought by discharge of nuclear-polluted water.

On July 4, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a "general assessment report" saying if the nuclear-polluted water of the Fukushima Atomic Power Plant in Japan is discharged into the Pacific, it will have "minimal" impact on such environmental factors as water quality, marine animals and sediments.

Japan is planning to discharge at least 1.3 million tons of nuclear-polluted water into the Pacific from this summer, putting forward the IAEA's "report" as "legal justification".

If a large quantity of nuclear-polluted water is discharged into the Pacific, radioisotopic materials will diffuse into an area covering the half of the Pacific within 57 days and into the whole world in 10 years, and these radioactive materials include tritium and carbon-14 requiring a half-life of 5 000 years, which will have fatal adverse impact on the human lives and security and ecological environment by causing malignant tumors and other diseases.

What matters is the unreasonable behavior of IAEA actively patronizing and facilitating Japan's projected discharge of nuclear-polluted water which is so terrible to imagine.

IAEA is not a body for evaluating environment. There is no provision or clause in international law specifying that IAEA is entitled to allow a specific country or region to discharge nuclear-polluted water.

The World Health Organization specializing in ensuring human life, security and health currently exists and many environmental protection organizations express their opposition and concern over it. So the question is why IAEA, with no accredited authority, is zealously backing Japan's discharge plan.

No wonder, it has been reported that Japan offered one million euros to the IAEA personnel involved in the inspection of Japan's planned discharge of nuclear-contaminated water, and the Japanese government obtained the draft final report of IAEA beforehand and modified it. It is not fortuitous that such scandals are being brought to light one after another.

The IAEA director general, who pulled up a sovereignty state over the exercise of its legitimate right, is actively patronizing the illegal and unethical act of Japan to imperil the lives and security of humankind and ecological environment. This is just a typical expression of extreme double standards.

Japan, which had inflicted untold misfortune and pain upon Asian countries in the past century, is doggedly denying and embellishing its blood-stained past, far from making an apology and reparation. It even seeks to bring a calamity to humankind, a heinous crime that can never be pardoned for all ages, by bribing such a venal body as IAEA even today in the 2020s.

Worse still, the U.S. and south Korea openly express unseemly "welcome" to Japan's discharge plan that deserves condemnation and rejection, provoking strong anger of the public.

This goes to fully prove that the ecological environment of the earth has been exposed to a serious threat, due to a handful of ill-minded forces pursuing their geopolitical aim in disregard of human lives and security and ecological environment.

The dishonest elements of IAEA whose minds are seriously polluted by hegemony and corruption and the countries like the U.S. zealously patronizing them should be wiped off the earth immediately.

The just international community should not overlook such hideous, inhumane and anti-peace acts of the black-hearted forces to pollute this blue planet, the cradle of life for all humanity and their descendants, with nuclear-polluted water, but thoroughly foil them by dint of solidarity and unity. -0-

www.kcna.kp (Juche112.7.9.)

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