13 May 2002

Taiwan will not export nuclear waste to Marshall Islands

3:23 pm on 13 May 2002

Taiwan says it is unlikely that it will export nuclear waste to the Marshall Islands.

The foreign ministry says talks have been held between the electricity supplier Taipower and a number of countries to get rid of waste stored near Taipei.

Among the countries mentioned are North Korea and the Marshall Islands.

Earlier, Taiwan's economics minister accidentally named Solomon Islands, instead of the Marshalls, as a possible destination for nuclear waste.

A foreign ministry spokesperson, Chang Siao-yue, says Taiwan will honour whatever international agreements are in place.

"We will certainly notify Taipower and stop that. We will comply with the International agreements. That is very important for Taiwan."

Chang Siao-yue