The government and ruling party have discussed measures to ensure the stable supply of electricity this summer, following the operational suspension of nuclear reactors built with substandard parts.
In a government-party meeting on Wednesday, Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Han Jin-hyun said that his ministry will devise measures to ease public concerns. He promised to punish officials involved in the use of poor-quality parts that led to the shutdowns and keep it from happening again.
The vice minister pledged to employ all possible measures to maintain a stable power supply in the face of a likely shortage.
Ruling party lawmakers lamented the situation, criticizing the government for failing to properly supervise and inspect the operation of nuclear reactors.
The Saenuri Party’s chief policy-maker Kim Ki-hyun said that the public sector should do its best in dealing with the situation and seek the people's understanding in the process.
Rep. Yeo Sang-kyu, a member of the parliamentary committee on trade, industry and energy, stressed the need to devise energy-saving measures and asked industries to fully use their own power generating facilities.