June 19, 2017 9:32 am JST

S. Korea begins shut down of its first and oldest commercial reactor

The Kori No. 1 reactor, right, in Ulsan, South Korea

SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea's first and oldest nuclear reactor has stopped providing electric power as a first step toward its permanent shut down, Yonhap News Agency reported Saturday.

It cited Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. as saying on Saturday evening it cut off the power supply line of the Kori-1 reactor, which began commercial operation in 1978.

"The South Korean government earlier decided to permanently shut down the facility after some 40 years of activity. President Moon Jae In has pledged to close all nuclear power plants on South Korean soil," the Yonhap report said.

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