South Korea says it is regrettable that Japan is pushing ahead with its plan to release treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant without consultation with Seoul.
The South Korean government convened a meeting on Wednesday, following Tokyo Electric Power Company's announcement of a detailed plan to release treated water into the sea.
Under the plan, treated water will be mixed with sea water until tritium in it is well below the national maximum allowed level. It will then be sent through an undersea tunnel to a point about one kilometer off the coast.
At Wednesday's meeting, Minister of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, Koo Yun-cheol, said Seoul expresses its regret over Tokyo's unilateral decision to pursue the plan without any prior consultations or seeking consent from its closest neighbor.
He also said it would be advisable for Japan to immediately halt its plan to release the water and consult and communicate thoroughly with neighboring countries.
He added Seoul will continue to work with the international community to take necessary measures, putting top priority on the safety of the South Korean people.