Kuwait cancels nuclear development after Fukushima incident

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Kuwait decided to scrap nuclear power as a consequence of the Fukushima incident, despite the fact that it had signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with Japan.

Kuwait has considered nuclear power as an alternate energy source to preserve its oil resources, but it decided last July to scrap a plan to build four nuclear reactors by 2022, an official of the government told Kyodo News on Tuesday.

When the public began to question the necessity of building nuclear reactors in Kuwait, and seeing the radiation crisis rapidly developing in Japan, Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, decided to stop the nuclear development.

Another problem for Kuwait was that its limited territory did not offer many solutions for disposing of nuclear waste from the reactors.

Other countries, like Italy, Germany and Switzerland, have also announced similar strategies after the Fukushima incident. None of them, however, had signed nuclear agreements with Japan.