For us its time for action IAEA in urgent statement after Ukraine nuclear plant attack

Ukraine: Fire breaks out at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Mariano Grossi insisted time has come for Russia and Ukraine to reach an agreement to avoid compromising key principles of safe nuclear power plant operations. The warning comes as the nuclear power station of Zaporizhzhia came under attack as Moscow forces launched a persistent shelling attack on the area in a bid to take over. Mr Grossi confirmed Russian soldiers were now effectively in control of the power plant, the second after taking over Chernobyl last week.

He said the aim of his update was not to urge mediation but to reach a compromise to ensure neither party compromised nuclear safety.

The IAEA director said: “The physical integrity of the plant has been compromised with what happened last night.

“We, of course, are fortunate that there was no release of radiation and that the integrity of the reactors in themselves was not compromised but yes, the plant in a wider sense was.

“But we all agree on these principles, words must mean something and we have to act in consequence.”

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Mr Grossi continued: “For us, the IAEA, it’s time for action. We need to do something about this.

“Ukraine sent a request for immediate assistance to us so, bearing in mind what’s happening, and the risks that we may all incur if this all continues without an enhancement and without recommitment to these principles, I have indicated to both the Russian Federation and Ukraine my availability and disposition to travel to Chernobyl as soon as possible so that these seven crucial pillars are never again compromised.

“The idea behind this initiative of mine is to agree on a framework and on a compromise that would commit to not compromise these principles we all subscribe to.”

The organisation’s seven pillars are deeply rooted in technology transfer, safety, and safeguards.

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