MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In June, Moon said that the government would either scrap construction of the new NPPs in the country and would abstain from extension of operations of the old ones. The president added that a series of the NPP-related incidents, including the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan put the safety of the nuclear reactors into question.
"[The country's authorities] should immediately halt the push to extinguish the nuclear energy industry that provides cheap electricity to the general public… It is such a unilateral move to just scrap the nuclear policy based on the president's announcement," the group said in a press release, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.
According to the scientists, the country's NPP could withstand any potential tremor at the Korean Peninsula and the accident similar to the one in Japan is highly unlikely.
Concerns about the safety of NPPs were raised around the world after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and a subsequent tsunami wave crippled the Fukushima NPP, causing a meltdown and far-reaching contamination.