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Wednesday, 08 February 2023 11:30 GMT

IAEA Chief Warns Of Threat Of Accident At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant In Ukraine


(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) BRUSSELS, Jan 24 (KUNA) -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, Tuesday called for an exclusion zone from the fighting around Europe's largest nuclear plant in Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine, and at the same time warned of a possible accident at the site.
'This is an active combat zone. We should never forget about that. This nuclear plant has six reactors lying on the front line. And how longer we will be lucky in avoiding a nuclear accident,' he told reporters after a meeting with MEPs in the European Parliament in Brussels this evening.
'I am not trying to being an alarmist, but if you have shelling, if you have bombing, if you have regular interruption of power supply to the plant, you cannot exclude that (accident),' he said.
Grossi said he updated the European Parliament on the work that the agency is carrying out in Ukraine, basically on assisting and protecting the entire nuclear infrastructure of the country.
The IAEA chief said he has just returned from a week-long visit to Ukraine to set up a permanent mission and presence of IAEA inspectors and safety inspectors in south Ukraine, and that he will also be visiting Russia soon to discuss the matter.
On Iran, he said the obligation of Tehran emanating from the nuclear deal, the JCPOA (the joint Comprehensive plan of Action), 'the degree of commitment and implementation is zero'.
Grossi said the Iranians themselves said that they would not abide by any of the nuclear restrictions that the JCPOA set on them because of the US withdrawal from the treaty in 2018.
Regarding the normal safeguard agreements with the IAEA, 'the image is more mixed. They are complying with a number of things and at the same time they owe us a number of clarifications,' he added. (end)
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