New Delhi, July 10 -- The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission of South Korea on Friday gave a conditional approval for the operation of a new nuclear power plant, after one year of its completion, according to a report by Yonhap News Agency.

The approval has been given for the 1,400-megawatt Shin-Hanul No 1, located in the coastal county of Uljin. Yonhap reported the reactor was completed in April but has been non-functional amid a drawn-out safety review, which had started in November 2020.

The South Korean government ramped up its scrutiny regarding the safety of atomic reactors as it aims to reduce the country's dependency on nuclear energy.

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