UN chief issues grim warning on attacks at Ukraine nuclear plant

Any attack on a nuclear plant is “suicidal”, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday, after missiles once again exploded at a huge atomic power complex in southern Ukraine. Moscow and Kyiv have blamed each other for the latest strike at the Zaporizhzhia plant, Europe’s largest nuclear power site, which has been under Russian control since the early days of the war.

The fighting on Friday at the plant has prompted the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to warn of “the very real risk of a nuclear disaster”.

At a press conference in Tokyo, UN chief Guterres condemned such attacks without saying which side was responsible.

“We support the IAEA and their efforts to create the conditions of stabilisation of that plant,” he said.

“Any attack on a nuclear plant is a suicidal thing. I hope that those attacks will end, and at the same time I hope that the IAEA will be able to access the plant.”

The UN chief’s comments followed a visit to Hiroshima over the weekend, where Guterres gave a speech to mark the 77th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear bomb attack.

Credit: rfi


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