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Cambodia joins queue for nuclear power

Cambodia joins queue for nuclear power

Updated 18 January 2012, 17:45 AEDT

The Cambodian ministry of industry, mines and energy has confirmed that scientists are studying nuclear technology as a means of addressing the country's chronic power shortages.

Cambodia joins a queue of Southeast Asian nations that want to go nuclear. It's a month after Vietnam called on fellow ASEAN members to consider using nuclear power as a way of meeting rising energy needs, fuelling economic growth and combating climate change. But some worry that the region's developing nations lack the capacity to manage the safety risks.

Presenter: Joanna McCarthy

Ernest Bower, director, Centre for Strategic & International Studies, Washington; Geoffrey Gunn, professor of international relations, Nagasaki University

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