Amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the threat of nuclear weapons use continues to grow but nuclear security is also endangered in the region. Experts from the US and Japan called for the G7 leaders to address these issues at next week's summit in Hiroshima.
Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, warned on Saturday that the situation around Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is unpredictable and potentially dangerous.
He also expressed concern about the stressful conditions for people working there as military activity increases in the region.
Experts gathered in Tokyo on Thursday to discuss how countries can protect their nuclear facilities from being targeted by other nations. They condemned Russia's actions, saying they could result in a devastating situation.
Nuclear Threat Initiative's Scott Roecker said, "The most significant risk we're worried about is not a nuclear detonation -- it's not a nuclear explosion with a mushroom cloud. It is the risk of significant radiation release associated with an attack on Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant."
The nuclear issue is one of the important topics that will be discussed at the G7 Summit. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is scheduled to attend online. He is expected to call for discussions on nuclear security.
Roecker said, "The G7 leaders have a unique opportunity in Hiroshima to talk about what's happening from a nuclear standpoint in Ukraine. There needs to be more done to strengthen the international legal framework and the international norms around nuclear facilities in times of conflict that need to be better protected. And they should not be a target during military conflict."
Roecker said risks surrounding nuclear facilities in Ukraine are growing. He stressed that world leaders must speak out against Russia.