Chernobyl plant might become experimental platform for nuclear tests: Ukrainian president

09:13, April 20, 2011      

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Representatives from various nations and areas attend the Kiev Summit on safe and innovative use of nuclear energy in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, April 19, 2011. (Xinhua/Lu Jinbo)

The new sarcophagus over the 4th reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant can become an experimental platform for testing and improving technologies for processing nuclear materials, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told the nuclear summit Tuesday.

"After the completion of the new safe sarcophagus we plan together with our partners to attract the world's leading companies to Ukraine. They will test the new technologies and robotics in Chernobyl zone," Yanukovych said the meeting on safe and innovative use of nuclear energy.

According to the president, it would be very effective to apply the new technologies for processing radioactive waste in real conditions of high radiation.

Yanukovych added that Ukraine will get rid of the enriched uranium till April 2012, when the next nuclear security summit will take place in South Korean capital Seoul.

"Chernobyl's accident showed that the threat of atom is undervalued and it may cause negative consequences of enormous proportions to the whole world," the head of state stressed.

Source: Xinhua

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