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South Korea and Japan to hold talks on Fukushima water issue

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South Korea and Japan will hold another round of talks on Wednesday to discuss Seoul’s concerns over Tokyo’s decision to release contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.

The director-general-level meeting, the fourth of its kind, will take place via videoconference, according to a foreign ministry official. The two sides will exchange views on Seoul’s requests for more information and transparency on Tokyo’s plan, as well as its potential impact on the marine environment and human health.

South Korea has strongly opposed Japan’s plan to discharge more than 1.2 million tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima plant, which was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Seoul has urged Tokyo to halt the plan and consult with neighboring countries and the international community.

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