Malaysia, S. Korea seek cooperation in nuclear energy

19:52, December 10, 2010      

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Malaysia and South Korea are seeking cooperation in the field of nuclear energy in order to develop renewable energy to tackle the issue of global climate change.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told a press conference in Malaysia's federal administration center here on Friday that the country was keen to look into detail South Korea's acknowledged leadership in nuclear technology.

This included the setting up of smart or small scale nuclear reactors, said Najib after holding a four-eye meeting with visiting South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

The prime minister also said that there was a need to have a follow-up action on this matter.

According to a statement issued by Malaysian Foreign Affairs, both leaders shared the view that nuclear energy can play an important role as a safe, sustainable and less polluting source of energy.

The Memorandum of Understanding on the Exchange of Technical Information and Cooperation in Nuclear and Radiation Safety was signed between the two countries last year.

Meanwhile, Lee, who arrived here in Malaysia on Thursday for a two-day state visit, pointed out that many nuclear reactors in the country were situated at populated locations.

This showed that the development and the use of nuclear energy could be safe, said Lee, adding that South Korea had mastered some of the best technologies to operate the reactors and containing nuclear wastes.

Lee said that many countries were interested in developing nuclear energy to deal with issues of climate change, and South Korea agreed to establish further cooperation with Malaysia in this regard.

The Malaysian government announced earlier this year that the proposal to set up a nuclear plant had been approved, and the plant is expected to start operating from 2021.

The approval has drawn much criticism among Malaysians as they are worried about the safety of the use of nuclear. Some also doubt if a nuclear power plant is necessary to the country.

Source: Xinhua


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