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UNITED NATIONS, New York (April 29, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Tonga and other Pacific countries have called again for safeguards from countries that ship radioactive fuel through their waters.

Tonga's United Nations ambassador, S. Tu‘a Taumoepeau Tupou, has told a conference on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty that current safeguards are inadequate.

Pacific and Caribbean nations say they maintain the right to deny any shipment of radioactive and toxic waste through their territories.

But Japan and France are calling for freer reign in shipping. Spent Japanese nuclear power plant fuel is sent to France and the United Kingdom for reprocessing and then shipped back to Japan.

The Tongan ambassador said those nations shipping nuclear waste should compensate any industries -- such as tourism -- whose markets are affected by having nuclear material transported through their regions.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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