Japan explains treated water release plan to IAEA

A Japanese Cabinet minister has explained to the International Atomic Energy Agency the country's plan to release treated water from a crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima.

Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, Inoue Shinji, explained the plan in a video message to the IAEA General Conference on Monday.

Inoue said that the Japanese government plans to dilute tritium and other substances within the treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi plant to levels far below national standards. He said it will then start releasing the water into the ocean in about two years.

IAEA senior officials visited Japan earlier this month to discuss the safety of the plan with the country's officials.

Inoue said that Japan will continue to explain the plan in a transparent manner to the international community based on scientific evidence.

He stressed that Japan is willing to cooperate with the IAEA's review of the operation.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said in a speech that the organization will send a team of global experts to Japan later this year, including those from surrounding countries.

South Korea's delegation expressed the country's concerns about Japan's release plan at a previous IAEA general conference.