Korea to host summit on atomic energy use

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Korea to host summit on atomic energy use

Korea will host a summit of nuclear experts this week to promote peaceful atomic energy use and stem global warming, local organizers for the event said yesterday.

The four-day Summit of Honor on Atoms for Peace and Environment, which starts tomorrow, will hold talks covering a nuclear weapons-free world, the nonproliferation treaty, and a multinational fuel cycle approach that explores ways to use nuclear power to meet the world’s energy needs, the Korea Nuclear Society and other organizers said.

The KNS said the summit aims to examine possible fallout of the so-called nuclear renaissance, prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction and explore new clean-energy paradigms. The nuclear renaissance refers to a surge in interest for nuclear energy as the world comes under pressure to stop burning fossil fuel.

The gathering, the first of its kind, will be headed by former South Korean President Kim Young-sam and International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei.

Officials and atomic energy experts from the United States, France, Germany, Canada, Russia and China will attend the meeting, along with representatives from nongovernmental organizations such as Pugwash, which aims to reduce the dangers of conflict and to seek cooperative solutions for global problems.

The KNS said the meeting could help establish South Korea as an emerging leader in the commercial nuclear power industry and show that it is willing to take its share of responsibility for preventing nuclear weapon proliferation and stemming global warming.

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