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    In this Feb. 5, 2013 photo, Shin-Kori No. 2 nuclear power plant, left in foreground, stands next to Shin-Kori No. 1 plant, right foreground, in Ulsan, South Korea

    S Korean Commission Recommends Resuming Construction of Nuclear Reactors

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    The Kori Nuclear Power Plant is a South Korean NPP located near the city of Ulsan. It is operated by Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power. It began operations in 1978.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to a state commission's head Kim Ji-hyung, commission "recommends to the government the policy of resuming the construction of Shin Kori No. 5 and No. 6."

    The official added that 59.5 percent of a 471-member jury favored the resumption of the project, while 40.5 percent backed its cancellation. Meanwhile, a recent poll conducted by Realmeter showed that 43.8 percent of the respondents were against the resumption, whereas 43.2 percent supported the project.

    The suspension of reactors' construction was one of the election campaign promises of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. After assuming office, Moon, nevertheless, announced that the fate of the project would be decided by a state commission tasked with collecting public opinion on this issue.

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    The construction was suspended in July when the reactors were about 30 percent complete and around $1.4 billion had already been spent on the project.

    The concerns about the safety of these reactors were raised after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the southeastern city of Gyeongju in September 2016. The experts reportedly warned South Korean authorities that the country might face a catastrophe similar to Japan's Fukushima.

    In March 2011, a 9.0-magnitude offshore earthquake triggered a 46-foot tsunami that hit Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, leading to the leakage of radioactive materials and the shutdown of the plant. The accident is considered to be the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

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