Belarus is ready to build a second nuclear power plant if it gets help from the UN nuclear watchdog, President Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday.
“If we have IAEA cooperation, support and suitable conditions, we are ready to build a second nuclear power station in Belarus,” the president said when meeting Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano here.
“I strongly believe that atomic power is a must and that it is the safest way to acquire cheap energy that the world will need in larger and larger amounts,” Lukashenko said.
“One should bear in mind that the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is taking place in a country most seriously affected by the Chernobyl disaster,” he said.
“And the fact that today our population supports this project is quite symptomatic. That is a very important factor for the IAEA work in Belarus,” he added.
Lukashenko said the construction of Belarus’ first nuclear plant, close to the Lithuanian border, had already begun.