Workers carrying cooling devices into the Daiichi nuclear plant

U.N. nuclear agency to send expert mission to Japan

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is sending a fact-finding mission to Japan to assess the nuclear crisis.

Nearly 20 experts from a dozen countries will visit to make a preliminary assessment of safety issues linked to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, the U.N. nuclear agency said.

The mission will submit its report to a ministerial conference in Vienna, which the IAEA says will launch work on boosting nuclear safety around the world after the worst atomic disaster in a quarter of a century.

"The international experts will become acquainted with the Japanese lessons learned from the accident and will share their experience and expertise in their fields of competence with the Japanese authorities," the IAEA said.

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