Chinese embassy in Japan says reports on China, IAEA and Fukushima are false

A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Japan has said media reports claiming China had refused to join the international monitoring mechanism of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding the discharge of Fukushima nuclear-contaminated wastewater into the sea are false.

Japan commissioned the IAEA Secretariat to conduct an analysis and laboratory comparison of the nuclear-contaminated wastewater samples collected by Japan itself, but China was not invited to participate, said the spokesperson.

Noting all data related to nuclear-contaminated wastewater so far has been collected, tested and released by Japan itself, the spokesperson said such data cannot be trusted by the international community because Japan – the party being monitored – acted as the monitor.

Such laboratory comparison activities based on samples provided by Japan cannot adequately prove the authenticity and reliability of Japanese test results, and cannot be equated with a long-term and effective international monitoring mechanism that involves substantive stakeholder participation, the spokesperson added.

Emphasizing that China doesn't refuse dialogue and has clearly proposed establishing a long-term, effective international monitoring mechanism, the spokesperson said Japan should first show sincerity in addressing the reasonable concerns of its neighboring countries instead of imposing its own monitoring results on others.

(Cover: Protesters stage a rally to demand the stop of Japan's release of treated radioactive water into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, Seoul, South Korea, August 31, 2023. /CFP)

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