This is what will happen if an accident occurs at the Zaporizhia plant

China warns Zaporizhia accident could be worse than Fukushima nuclear accident

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R. Gelfenstein - The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe and controlled by Russia despite being on Ukrainian territory, has been the scene of clashes since the beginning of the war, which began at the end of February by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In recent days it has regained notoriety after a series of attacks in the vicinity of the plant, which Were blamed by Kiev and Moscow, and which again raised fears of a possible nuclear disaster, despite the fact that radiation levels were normal.

China's representative to the UN, Zhang Jun, warned the Security Council on Thursday that an accident at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant could be more serious than the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.

During the Security Council meeting held on Thursday at Russia's request to discuss the insecurity of Ukrainian nuclear power plants, the Chinese representative urged the parties to show "restraint, act with caution, avoid actions that compromise nuclear safety."

"The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is one of the largest nuclear power plants in Europe. If a large-scale nuclear accident occurs, it could be more serious than the Fukushima accident," Jun said, as he said. China does not want "the same risk" to happen again, according to a statement from the Chinese mission to the United Nations.

However, China expressed support for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to play "an active role" in promoting nuclear safety and security issues. He also called on Russia and Ukraine to remove "major obstacles" so that a team of experts from the corps can travel to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant to carry out their work smoothly.

On the other hand, Jun stressed that after five months of war and knowing the security risks that the conflict entails for nuclear power plants, "only by cooling the situation and restoring peace as quickly as possible can nuclear risks be fundamentally eliminated."

"Once again, we urge all parties concerned to resume negotiations as soon as possible, seek a solution to the Ukraine crisis with a calm and rational attitude, address the legitimate security concerns of all, and build a balanced, effective and sustainable security framework to achieve common security," the Chinese representative said.

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