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IAEA head discusses situation with Zaporizhia NPP with nuclear watchdog head at meeting in Vienna

KYIV. May 6 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi and Head of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine Oleh Korikov have discussed the situation with Zaporizhia nuclear power plant seized by Russian troops at a meeting at the agency’s headquarters in Vienna.

"We took stock of progress in our nuclear safety and security assistance to Ukraine, and spoke on Zaporizhia NPP, where the IAEA is ready to fulfill its indispensable role," Grossi said on Twitter.

The Ukrainian nuclear regulator on Facebook noted that Korikov led the delegation of Ukraine to participate in the fourth extraordinary meeting of the contracting parties to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Nuclear Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management, the purpose of which is to agree on the improvement of procedures for such management.

The IAEA daily update for Ukraine also reports that, as a result of the deployment of new transmission channels based on satellite technologies, the remote transmission of nuclear safety monitoring system data to the IAEA headquarters from all Chornobyl facilities is resumed, with the exception of one, "on which technical work is still to be done."

Also, after a visit to Chornobyl nuclear power plant by inspectors and technical specialists of the agency, it was possible to completely resume data from all automatic nuclear safety monitoring systems installed at its site, the IAEA noted, indicating that data transmission was interrupted for two months after the capture of Chornobyl nuclear power plant by Russian troops on February 24.