Nuclear safety

Atomic agency board approves nuclear safety plan

The International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board has adopted an action plan to strengthen global nuclear safety.

Director General Yukiya Amano set out a series of measures in a document aimed at enhancing standards worldwide in the wake of Japan's Fukushima accident.

The governing board of the IAEA approved the document, despite criticism from several states that the proposals had been watered down.

It came after a debate that underlined divisions between states such as Germany seeking stronger international commitments and others, including the United States, wanting safety to remain an issue strictly for national authorities.

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