This video says about itself:
Korea’s first nuclear power reactor turned off for good
19 June 2017
South Korea‘s first nuclear reactor is now off,… and off for good.
The Kori-1’s retirement ceremony on Monday was attended by President Moon Jae-in himself.
Hwang Hojun starts us off.
It was built in 1977, and 40 years later…
“As of 12 AM on June 19th, 2017, Korea has permanently shut down its first nuclear reactor, Kori-1.”
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Moon jumps off nuclear wagon
Tuesday 20th June 2017
He said that the country would move away from nuclear energy and not seek to extend the life of existing plants.
“So far South Korea’s energy policy pursued cheap prices and efficiency. Cheap production prices were considered the priority while the public’s life and safety took a back seat, but it’s time for a change,” the president said at a ceremony marking the closure of the country’s oldest power plant, Kori 1, in Busan.
Greenpeace and other environmental groups welcomed Mr Moon’s announcement.
Since the Kori 1 reactor went online in 1978, the resource-poor country has added 24 nuclear power plants to meet rising demand for electricity from rapid industrialisation and economic development.
A third of electricity in South Korea was produced from nuclear power plants last year.
South Korea has also exported nuclear-reactor technology. Former president Lee Myung Bak helped local companies win billions pounds of deals to build a nuclear reactor in the United Arab Emirates.
But South Koreans’ enthusiasm for nuclear energy quickly waned following the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns in neighbouring Japan.
To decommission Kori 1, South Korea plans to invest in developing its own decommissioning technology and experts in the area.
Decommissioning will take at least 15 years and cost 643.7 billion won (£445 million).