SEOUL, July 10 A South Korean nuclear reactor
has restarted after a month-long closure due to a control rod
problem, a spokesman at state-run atomic operator Korea Hydro
and Nuclear Power Co Ltd said on Thursday.
The country's nuclear watchdog said in a statement on
Wednesday that it had conducted thorough checks at the 950-MW
Hanul No.1 reactor in Uljin county, over 300 kilometres
southeast of Seoul, and that the facility was safe.
The restart comes at the peak time for electricity demand,
with households and businesses cranking up air conditioners to
avoid the summer heat.
The government said last month that power supply would be
stable this summer thanks to new generating capacity and fewer
closed nuclear power plants.
The country was hit by a nuclear safety scandal in 2012 that
prompted the closure of some reactors.
It has been under pressure to lower its usage of nuclear
power after the scandal and as neighbouring Japan struggles to
clean up after the Fukushima disaster.
(Reporting by Meeyoung Cho; Editing by Joseph Radford)