URGENT: China asks Japan not to release Fukushima water without agreement

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China on Tuesday urged Japan not to release into the sea treated radioactive water accumulated at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant "without permission" from other countries and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"China will reserve the right to make further responses" to Japan's decision earlier in the day to discharge the treated water into the Pacific in around two years' time, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing.

The United States has shown understanding of the Japanese plan, but Zhao expressed skepticism about it, saying China believes Washington "attaches importance to environmental issues."