IAEA member states approve nuclear safety action plan
An action plan to increase nuclear safety in the wake of the Fukushima disaster was adopted Tuesday by member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.
Although several countries in Europe had criticized the plan as lacking binding commitments, the 35 countries on the IAEA board of governors adopted it unanimously, a diplomat said, DPA reported.
The plan asks countries to improve nuclear safety by conducting stress tests, taking into account massive natural disasters like those in Japan.
It also aims to increase the number of IAEA inspections and to improve transparency about accidents and safety problems.
While the IAEA has the power to conduct nuclear inspections to detect illicit weapons programmes, safety remains a national responsibility.