The head of China's National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA), Lee Ganjie, and the chairman of South Korea's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC), Lee Unchul, on 26 November signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation in nuclear safety during a meeting in Beijing.
NSSC said the purpose is to "strengthen mutual collaboration in order to ratchet up the level of safety in the area of nuclear energy".
The MOU covers cooperation in research and development of nuclear safety technology; nuclear safety regulation and the compilation and implementation of safety regulations; safety inspections of nuclear power plants; and nuclear power plant construction and operating experience feedback. It also covers equipment supervision and administration; nuclear emergency preparedness; radiation monitoring and protection; safety in radioactive waste management; as well as other areas that could be mutually agreed upon later.
NSSC said implementation will include the exchange of information and staff, as well as joint studies
NSSC and NNSA also signed a specific agreement on environmental radiation monitoring under which they will jointly investigate environmental radiation and assess its impact under both normal and emergency circumstances. Over the next three years, China and South Korea will collaborate in the exchange of environmental radiation analysis technologies and monitoring documents and establish a system that enables them to share real-time information on environmental radiation.
A further cooperation agreement was signed between the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) and China's National Emergency Response Technical Assistance Centre (NNERTAC) to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in nuclear safety technology.