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(3rd LD) S. Korea suspends operation of four nuclear reactors due to fake parts via Yonhap News

SEOUL, May 28 (Yonhap) — South Korea halted the operation of two nuclear reactors Tuesday, while also delaying the scheduled operation of two other reactors for substandard parts used in the reactors.

Neither the shutdown of the reactors nor the substandard parts used in them posed immediate threats to public safety, according to the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission.

However, the shutdown of the reactors was expected to cause what the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy called an “unprecedented problem” in supplying electricity ahead of the summer peak season.

The commission said it has shut down two reactors — the Shin Kori Reactor 2 and Shin Wolsong Reactor 1 — after learning that substandard control cables that had been supplied under fake quality warranties had been used in the reactors.

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