South Korea's Moon says will continue phasing out nuclear power


SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday the government will continue phasing out nuclear-generated electricity following a public opinion survey that dealt a blow to his plans to do so.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

In a written statement distributed to reporters by his presidential office, Moon added the government would also shut down the Wolsong No. 1 nuclear reactor, the nation’s second-oldest nuclear reactor.

A public opinion survey on Friday found a majority of almost 60 percent in favor of resuming the stalled construction of two reactors. Building the two reactors could mean reversal of a strategy to slowly reduce nuclear energy’s share of the power mix, and also significantly eat into the liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand of the world’s second-largest consumer of the fuel.

Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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