Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Intentional Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will review the safety of 440 nuclear power plants in a number of countries in light of last March`s nuclear reactor leak at Fukushima, Japan.

"The purpose of the review is to anticipate possible accidents like the one that happened n Fukushima," Nuclear Energy Supervisory Board (Bapeten) spokesman As Natio Lasman said on the sidelines of a seminar on nuclear safety here on Monday.

He said the review would focus on compliance with international nuclear security standards, nuclear safety regulations, disaster management, nuclear information dissemination, and community preparedness.

According to Lasman, the decision to review nuclear power plants across the wolrd was reached at an IAEA meeting, attended by representatives from 63 countries and 14 international institutions such as FAO, UNEP, IMO and others in Vienna, Austria, recently.

Meanwhile, National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) spokesman Hudi Hastowo said the system of more than 120 nuclear plants in West Europe would be reviewed to prevent and anticipate unexpected accidents.

"Germany and Italy will certainly stop their nuclear energy program Switzerland will not replace its nuclear power plant which has to be shutdown," Hudi said.

But he added that tens other countries in Europe, Asia such as Malaysia would remain going ahead with their nuclear program.

"It is also true with Thailand which is ready to build its nuclear power plant, and to have an input, the country has invited the nuclear regulation boards from its neighbors including Bapeten," he said.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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