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South Korean President: Country Needs More Nuclear Power

January 17, 2023

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said his country’s push to be carbon-neutral by 2050 must include construction of more nuclear power generation, in a reversal of his predecessor’s call to move away from the technology.

Yoon, speaking Jan. 16 at an event in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said his country would renew its commitment to nuclear power. His comments came as South Korea continues its work on the Barakah nuclear power station, the UAE’s first atomic power facility. South Korea is a major exporter of nuclear power technology and has a $20 billion contract to build the Barakah facility in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi.

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