United Nations, May 31 (AP) The U.N. nuclear chief stressed Tuesday that the world is lucky Ukraine has not had a nuclear accident and asked Moscow and Kiev to pledge to prevent any attack on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, among other commitments “to avoid the risk of a catastrophic event.”
Rafael Grossi reiterated to the U.N. Security Council what he told the IAEA Board of Governors in March: “We are rolling the dice, and if this continues, one day our luck will run out.”
The IAEA chief said it was possible to avoid a nuclear accident if five principles were followed at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, where seven firefights, the most recent last week, knocked out critical power supplies and it was “prevention The last line of defense in a nuclear accident.”
Grossi “respectfully and solemnly” asked Ukraine and Russia to abide by these principles, saying that IAEA experts in Zaporozhye would start monitoring and that he would publicly report any violations:
— Prohibition of attacks from or against nuclear power plants, especially against reactors and spent fuel storage areas.
— Prohibition of the storage of heavy weapons that could be used in an attack or the presence of military personnel.
— To ensure the safety of uninterrupted power supply in different places of the factory.
— Protection of “all structures, systems and components” necessary for the operation of nuclear power plants against attacks or acts of sabotage.
— Take no action that violates these principles.
Grossi asked the 15 council members to support the five principles, stressing that they “do no harm to anyone and benefit everyone”.
After Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the Kremlin’s troops took over the factory. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has opposed any proposal to legitimize Russian control. (Associated Press)
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