The Moon administration's Advisory Committee for Planning State Affairs on Friday said the government will reduce its reliance on nuclear power energy.
Therefore, the construction of a fifth and sixth Kori nuclear reactors which began last year, will be completely halted.
The committee also said it plans to cancel any lifetime extensions of aging nuclear power plants and develop a roadmap to eventually rid the nation of atomic power altogether.
"Among 31 countries that are using nuclear power 5 have declared going anti-nuclear. They're countries mostly well off economically. We must build our competitiveness in renewable technologies in preparation for the green power generation."
Korea has 25 nuclear reactors which provide roughly a third of its energy needs.
Officials from the industry and energy ministry said they plan to increase the ratio of power generation based on new and renewable energy sources to at least 20 percent.
They're considering replacing nuclear and thermal power plants with liquefied natural gas to support the rise of renewables.
Currently, Korea gets 40 percent of its electricity from coal, 30 percent from nuclear, 20 percent from natural gas and the rest from oil and renewable sources.
The advisory panel also said it was pondering over whether to reverse its earlier stance to put the foreign ministry back in charge of trade issues, adding that discussions leaned over having trade agendas stay under the trade ministry.
The committee said it'll make a final decision next week on whether trade affairs go to the foreign ministry or not.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."