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IAEA begins inspecting Sokor's Wolseong nuke power plant

SEOUL, May 29 — The International Atomic Energy Agency Monday began a safety inspection of the No. 1 reactor at the Wolseong nuclear power plant in Gyeongju, about 370 kms southeast of Seoul, amid lingering concerns over nuclear plant safety in South Korea.

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. said a peer review team of seven experts from the U.N. atomic agency will carry out the inspection of the No. 1 reactor through June 7.

The state-run company added the inspection is being conducted at its request to objectively examine the safety of nuclear power plants in the country after the Fukushima nuclear power disaster in Japan last year.

The Wolseong No. 1 reactor, which began commercial operation in 1983, is the second oldest in South Korea.

Its design life runs out in November this year, but the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission is assessing the possibility of an extension. (PNA/Xinhua)

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