"Imagine a country where corruption is rampant, infrastructure is very poor, or the quality of security is in question. Now what if that country built a nuclear power plant?
It may sound alarming but that is what could happen in many developing countries which are either building nuclear power plants or considering doing so - a prospect that raises serious questions after Japan's experience handling a nuclear crisis.
A trove of U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks and provided to Reuters by a third party provide colorful and sometimes scary commentary on the conditions in developing nations with nuclear power aspirations.
In a cable from the U.S. embassy in Hanoi in February 2007, concerns are raised about storing radioactive waste in Vietnam, which has very ambitious plans to build nuclear power plants. Le Dinh Tien, the vice minister of science and technology, is quoted as saying the country's track record of handling such waste was 'not so good' and its inventory of radioactive materials 'not adequate.'"
Nick Carey, Margarita Antidze and John Ruwitch report for Reuters June 9, 2011.
"U.S. Plants Gird for the Next Fukushima" (New York Times)
"Iran Plans High Level of Uranium Enrichment" (New York Times)
"After Nuclear Crisis, Japan’s Biggest Utility Faces Insolvency Risk" (New York Times)
"Japanese Green Tea Contaminated with Radiation" (NewsCore)
"BEHIND THE MYTH: Accident Management Proved Inadequate at Nuclear Plant" (Asahi Shimbun)