Korean Govt. Strives to Mitigate Nuclear Fallout From JapanUpdated: 2011-04-07 12:00:00 (KST)
With Japan's Fukushima nuclear crisis still lingering the Korean government is accelerating efforts to mitigate the impact of nuclear fallout in Korea.
President Lee Myung-bak visited the Korea Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday and urged authorities to toughen safety checks on food imported from Japan, as well as to provide prompt and accurate inspection results to the public.
Inter-ministerial meetings, led by the Prime Minister's Office were also held on the same day to seek appropriate measures in dealing with Japan's nuclear aftermath on a pan government level.
Special task force meetings will be held twice a week presided by the Prime Minister's Office and attended by ministers of the relevant bodies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
The task force will mainly discuss measures to counter nuclear leaks and ways to strengthen the safety of Korea's nuclear plants, as well as food imported from Japan.
Meanwhile unlike many have anticipated the Korea Meteorological Administration assured that the seasonal winds accompanied by rain approaching from Japan will have almost no impact on Korea.
The weather agency's spokesman Kim Seung-bae said at a briefing held on Wednesday, that air current analysis shows that the winds blowing from the island nation will circle clockwise and fade out towards the Pacific Ocean by Friday, leaving the Korean peninsula unaffected.
Officials added, however, they will step up monitoring traces of radioactive materials throughout Korea and especially on Jeju Island, since it will be hit before any other regions if the winds unexpectedly blow towards Korea.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
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