South Korea has launched a committee to bolster exports of the country's nuclear power plants.
President Yoon Suk-yeol has been a vocal supporter of nuclear energy and has shown interest in reviving the nuclear energy industry since his run for office.
This is at odds with his predecessor, former President Moon Jae-in who wanted South Korea to go nuclear energy-free rolling out plans to slowly shut down nuclear plants.
Min Suk-hyen reports.
Upon taking office, President Yoon Suk-yeol vowed to roll back the former administration's policy of phasing out nuclear power.
In fact, during Wednesday's press conference to mark 100 days in office, Yoon stressed the need to push forward with nuclear energy exports.
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"Following the abandonment of the nuclear power phase-out plan, I actively carried out sales diplomacy at the NATO summit. As a result, overseas orders for South Korean nuclear power plants have recently begun. I will continue to support and work for its overseas expansion."
In line with this, the South Korean government on Thursday launched a special committee aimed at expanding nuclear energy exports.
Involving relevant ministries, public and private institutions, as well as industry experts, it seeks to enhance competitiveness in the nuclear power industry and provide opportunities on nuclear power projects.
The first meeting was presided over by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Lee Chang-yang.
"To win bids for nuclear power projects, it's necessary to analyze the conditions of each country and understand areas of cooperation, as well as to have a distinguished strategy to boost exports."
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South Korea seeks to export 10 nuclear reactors by 2030.
And so, it's now working to win bids for major nuclear power projects, such as Poland's plan to build six nuclear reactors by 2043 and the Czech Republic's project to build another reactor in its southern region of Dukovany.
South Korea plans to set up offices in 8 countries, including Poland, the Czech Republic, and Saudi Arabia, to help with its nuclear energy exports.
At Thursday's meeting, Minister Lee Chang-yang also said the government plans to provide companies with more than 750 million dollars worth of work within this year in a bid to revive the country's nuclear power industry.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.