South Korean Foreign Minister Yoo Chong-ha on Friday criticized Taiwan's plan to sendlow-level nuclear waste to North Korea for permanent storage, vowing to take strong diplomatic action over the issue, Yonhap News Agency reported.
Mr. Yoo said in a news conference that the South Korean government will ''strongly deal with the issue through diplomatic means,'' according to Yonhap. He will reportedly seek Japan's cooperation over the matter when he meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, on Saturday.Mr. Yoo met with U.S. Ambassador to South Korea James Laney on Friday afternoon and asked the U.S. government to exercise influence on Taiwan, as a supplier of nuclear fuel to Taiwan, to stop shipment of nuclear waste to North Korea, the report said.
The state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) and North Korea signed a contract earlier in January to dispose of 60,000 drums of nuclear waste over two years, with a provision to possibly increase the volume to 200,000 drums.
In response to Mr. Yoo's request, Mr. Laney reportedly said he fully understands the concerns and will report to the U.S. government.