Not time to say Japan events "out of control": IAEA

VIENNA Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:51pm EDT

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VIENNA (Reuters) - Now is not the time to say whether developments at a disaster-hit nuclear reactor in Japan have spiraled "out of control," the U.N. atomic watchdog chief said on Wednesday.

The European Union's energy chief said earlier on Wednesday Japanese authorities had appeared to have lost control of the situation.

"It is not the time to say things are out of control," Yukiya Amano told a news conference when asked about the comments by Guenther Oettinger. "The operators are doing the maximum to restore the safety of the reactor."

(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl and Sylvia Westall; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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