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Professor Anh: ‘It’s good that Vietnamese people are concerned about nuclear power’

Professor Anh: 'It's good that Vietnamese people are concerned about nuclear power' 1
Professor Anh: 'It's good that Vietnamese people are concerned about nuclear power' 1

“When people are worried and ask difficult questions about nuclear power development, that’s a good thing.

Professor Robin Grimes came to Hanoi to attend the second conference between Vietnam and the UK.

– How do you evaluate Vietnam’s preparations to develop nuclear energy?

I am very happy to see Vietnam’s openness, welcoming many partners to talk about nuclear energy safety and security.

Paying attention to safety from the early stages is important, helping to ensure the life cycle of the reactor, dealing with avoidable problems.

– Perhaps you also know that Vietnamese people are quite concerned about nuclear plants, after the Fukushima incident in Japan in 2011?

It’s important for people to ask questions, people have the right to transparency.

The Fukushima incident, economically, was a disaster.

– Is there any concealment of information, sir?

I myself was present in Fukushima and stood among the reactors.

I went to Fukushima, stood about 30 meters from the nuclear reactor, holding a radiation measuring device in my hand.

I think with a rapidly technologically developing society like Vietnam, there is no doubt that you can have safe nuclear energy.

– Why is Vietnam rated so highly?

I was very impressed when visiting Hanoi National University, by the number of young people with good backgrounds, intelligence, and fluency.

We should not think about Vietnam not having experts and experience right now, but think about your ability to catch up.

– How do you accompany Vietnam?

We have now had the second conference since signing the nuclear cooperation memorandum last year.

– Can you mention some main points that Vietnam needs to pay attention to at this time, when it is starting to develop nuclear energy?

Firstly, you need to focus on training young people, that is crucial.

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