The Korea Herald


Japan says crippled nuclear plant to be scrapped

By 양승진

Published : March 20, 2011 - 17:30

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   TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's top government spokesman says the country's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant must eventually be scrapped.

   Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano's comment Sunday was the first word from the government that the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex will have to be closed once its overheating reactors are brought under control.

   Closing the plant is inevitable, since the seawater that emergency crews are using to cool the reactors is corrosive, rendering key parts of the complex unusable.

   Edano says the plant will be in no condition to be restarted.