Burma May Build Nuclear Reactors for ‘Research’: Minister

Science and Technology Minister Ko Ko Oo speaks in the Upper House of Parliament in Naylyidaw. (Photo: New Light of Myanmar)

Science and Technology Minister Ko Ko Oo speaks in the Upper House of Parliament in Naylyidaw. (Photo: New Light of Myanmar)

RANGOON — Burma is preparing to build nuclear reactors for “research purposes” at some point in the future, according to the country’s minister for science and technology.

The state-run New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday that Minister Ko Ko Oo was asked about Burmese government plans for nuclear research during a session of the Upper House in Naypyidaw n Monday. He responded that the country “might build nuclear reactors for research purposes at an appropriate time,” according to the report.

“Myanmar is carrying out tasks for human resources development in nuclear technology and will build nuclear reactors when the required infrastructure has been built,” the newspaper paraphrased the minister as saying.

Ko Ko Oo, while admitting that nuclear energy can be dangerous, reportedly claimed that “correct application of it can be beneficial as the technology can be applied in various fields including health, agriculture, livestock breeding etc.”

“The union minister added that it is necessary to build a nuclear reactor in order to conduct nuclear researches more effectively but the government at present is still trying to implement measures for protection against nuclear radiation, drafting laws for nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, building infrastructure for nuclear technology and development of human resources in nuclear technology,” it said.

During the former military regime, Burma was suspected of developing nuclear technology with help from North Korea, raising fears the country’s military rulers could gain access to nuclear weapons. Concerns were also raised overseas when Russia announced in 2007 it would build a nuclear reactor in Burma.

The current quasi-civilian government signed a key nuclear nonproliferation agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency in September last year.

3 Responses to Burma May Build Nuclear Reactors for ‘Research’: Minister

  1. The question is whether we have technology prowess to control invisible dangers if accident happens.How many reactors are going to be built? Plus ,the building sites.
    Human errors are rampant in Burma..every workplace.This nuclear thing is so sensitive that a single mistake will cause apocalypse for sure.Also,not feeling very good because of Bangladeshi’s plan to build nuclear power plant on the island of Bay of Bengal’s east coast,pretty close to the Arakan state.

  2. Sell natural gases and energy to overseas and then you want to build dangerous nuclear energy in the country? You need to have a logical thinking bro

  3. Well they have to find employment for those hundreds of young officers Maung Aye sent to Russia (and North Korea?) to study nuclear technology, no? The North Korean connection is more about yellow cakes and missiles, I think. Iranians might not be helping anymore, because of Wirathu and the 969’ers.

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