Turkey wants to clarify future of nuclear talks with Japan

Turkish government wants to make future of nuclear talks with Japan clear by mid-July, Turkey’s energy minister said Friday.

Following an agreement with Russia to construct Turkey’s first nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean port of Mersin’s Akkuyu town, Turkey has been engaged in talks with Japan since last year to build country’s second nuclear power plant in Sinop in the north. However, talks were interrupted after the massive earthquake that hit Japan last March.

Taner Yildiz said Turkish government wanted to know if Japanese companies would ask for some time from Turkey.

“We want to make it clear by mid-July,” Yildiz said.

Talks were underway with Japanese companies Toshiba and Tokyo Electric Company (TEPCO), which operates the troubled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
Japan’s magnitude-9 earthquake on March 11 caused a massive tsunami that crippled the cooling systems at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima.

“We know they are in serious trouble as the operator of Fukushima,” Yildiz said.

“We have told them that we would stand by them in this period of time. But if they would not be able to get involved in this project, we think it would be necessary for Turkey to review its program on the construction of nuclear power plants,” he added.