Energy minister: Turkey supports closing of old nuclear power plants
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.17 / Trend, A. Tagiyeva /
Turkey supports the closing of nuclear power plants whose lifespan has expired, Anadolu Agency quotes the Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz as saying.
"These nuclear power plants, reaching as many as 26, pose a threat to the world," he said.
Earlier, Mr Yildiz said that Turkey will appeal to the IAEA, demanding the closure of the Metsamor nuclear power plant in Armenia.
The Metsamor NPP was built in 1970. After the devastating Spitak earthquake, the plant's activity had been suspended, but in 1995 despite international protests, the work of the station was reactivated and in addition, a second reactor was launched.
Given the large number of minor earthquakes in the past 10 years in this area, as well as the intensification of seismic readings indicated by seismologist research, in the case of a big accident taking place at Metsamor, not only Armenia, but also all countries in the Southern Caucasus and the Middle East would be seriously affected.