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South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, in talks with the visiting U.S. special presidential envoy for climate, John Kerry, on Saturday, expressed Seoul’s serious concern over Japan’s decision to release treated radioactive water from the disaster-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea.

Chung told Kerry that South Korea wants the United States to take interest in the issue and join efforts to urge Japan to provide information to the international community more swiftly and in a more transparent manner, according to the South Korean Foreign Ministry.

Kerry’s reaction to the comment has not been revealed.

On Tuesday, the Japanese government decided to gradually release into the ocean the treated water generated at the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. plant in Fukushima Prefecture, after diluting the levels of tritium in it to about 1/40th of the state-set standard. More than 1,000 tanks built at the plant’s premises to hold the treated water are expected to reach full capacity in autumn 2022.

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