Ban urges better safety, security at nuke plants

September 22, 2011 - 11:00 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging strong international action to boost safety and security of nuclear power plants against accidents and terrorist attack.

Ban told a high-level meeting Thursday at the General Assembly that the meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant after the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan in March was a wake-up call for the world.

Chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog Yukiya Amano said in a statement that public confidence in nuclear power could be restored only if governments, regulators and plant operators were more transparent.

Last week, the agency adopted a post-Fukushima nuclear safety plan but several influential member nations complained that it was too timid because compliance is voluntary.