16 Nov 2010

UN to investigate impacts of US nuclear testing in Marshall Islands

7:16 am on 16 November 2010

The United Nations has agreed to investigate the impacts of US nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958.

In a resolution adopted yesterday, the UN agreed to produce a report next year on the nuclear testing impacts on the group of Islands.

The report is expected to focus on scientific questions, including safe exposure levels, but also look more broadly at the economic and social impacts of testing.

The Marshall Islands Ambassador to the UN, Phillip Muller, says the government will work closely with the four atoll communities most directly affected by the tests.