South Korea renews license of 2nd-oldest nuclear plant

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has renewed a license of its second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said Friday that seven of nine commissioners voted to approve to restart the Wolsong No. 1 reactor located in Gyeongju city, 275 kilometers (170 miles) south of Seoul. It was South Korea's first such decision since the meltdowns at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi reactors in 2011 raised safety concerns.

The nuclear regulator said it reviewed the plant's safety in the event of natural disaster and other legal standards.

South Koreans were sharply divided over the fate of the plant that had operated for 30 years until its license expired in 2012. Nuclear energy provides about one-third of the country's electricity.