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IAEA Meets on Fukushima, Debates Watchdog’s Crisis Response

Top powers at the United Nations nuclear watchdog are meeting today to discuss the Fukushima crisis even as emergency officials struggle to understand the full scope of the world’s worst atomic disaster in 25 years.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-member board of governors has convened its first extraordinary meeting since December 2009, when IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano was elected to his post. Amano reported on his March 19 meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan and senior atomic officials about the steps being taken to control radiation leaking from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear complex.