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PM: Nuke Power Policy Can't be Changed Overnight; Govt. Will Maintain Existing Energy Policy Updated: 2011-04-11 00:00:00 KST

On the last day of questioning government policies by lawmakers, Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik said the government will keep its current nuclear power generation policy while strengthening safety standards.
In response to a question from ruling Grand National Party Representative, Lim Hae-kyu on Monday, the prime minister said it would be difficult to change the nuclear power program as the growth-based economic policy requires heavy demand for electricity.

[Interview : Kim Hwang-sik, Prime Minister] "The government cannot change the nuclear power generation policy we have pursued for years overnight. After a careful review of lessons from Japan, we must secure the safety of nuclear power and implement the energy policy accordingly."

In regards to the life extension of nuclear reactors, Kim said the government conducted a safety review of the Kori No. 1 reactor and deemed it safe.
The reactor was commissioned in 1977 and underwent refurbishment to continue operating beyond its design life of 30 years.
Wolsong facility's No. 1 reactor is set to reach the end of its life cycle next year, and the prime minister said a decision to extend its use will be made only after a comprehensive assessment of the feasibility.
On other issues, such as selecting a location for the "International Science-Business Belt," a region of advanced research facilities, Kim said the selection committee has been formed and it will be done in accordance to relevant legal regulations.

[Reporter : Kang Seok-ho] "Having concluded four-days of questioning, the lawmakers will work in committees for the next three weeks to review and approve legislations, which will then be put to vote at the general session at the end of this month. Kang Seok-ho, Arirang News."
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