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Mongolia unsure about nuclear fuel repository plant

Mongolia has expressed its reservations to host a facility to store or dispose of spent nuclear fuel from other countries.


This was revealed by Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto.

Matsumoto met with his Mongolian counterpart Gombojav Zandanshatar who said his country would find it difficult under domestic law to take in nuclear waste from overseas.

The Japanese minister said Zandanshatar brought up the issue when the two were discussing cooperation on civilian nuclear power generation, including the development of uranium in Mongolia, during a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on the fringes of a regional security meeting there.

Japan, the United States and Mongolia have informally discussed a plan to establish a nuclear fuel repository in Mongolia, but the talks have not yielded any conclusions, Matsumoto said.

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