In the wake of Japan's Fukushima nuclear crisis, there has been growing fears concerning the safety of nuclear power plants around the world.
To assure nuclear safety here in Korea, after taking part in a forum a day earlier, the director-general of the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency, Luis Echavarri, visited the Kori Nuclear Power Plant.
[Reporter : Oh Jee-hyun
firstname.lastname@example.org] "Kori number one at the nuclear complex in Busan was the first nuclear facility to open in Korea and six percent of the nation's electricity is produced at this entire facility."
Korea is highly dependent on nuclear energy and since it does not have natural resources, nuclear power is very important for the country to develop economically and advance in the global arena.
And authorities say that after the Fukushima crisis, all plants
[Interview : Luis Echavarri, Director-General
OECD Nuclear Energy Agency] "I have had the opportunity of visiting Korean Kori number one. And I think that this plant which can continue for a long way producing electricity. It's a very safe plant, very clean, very well organized."
Meanwhile, Greenpeace and some 20 environmentalists held a protest and press conference on a boat near the plant, demanding a nuclear-free Korea and that the Kori number 1 reactor, which is more than three decades old, be shut down.
Oh Jee-hyun, Arirang News, Busan.