Nuclear energy will be important despite Fukushima crisis: IAEA

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said July 27 that nuclear will be used around the world despite the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, news reports said.

Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, reportedly said nuclear power will remain a big option in many countries.

"Nuclear safety is the responsibility of individual states, but the IAEA will play the lead role in shaping a safer nuclear future throughout the world," Amano was quoted as saying.

Amano reportedly said July 26 that the agency plans to draw up an action plan that will address contingencies such as natural disasters and blackouts. The plan is scheduled to be implemented by summer 2012.

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