21 Nov 2019

'People want justice': Marshalls' fury over nuclear information US withheld

From , 5:03 am on 21 November 2019

The caretaker president of the Marshall Islands says it's unconscionable that the United States kept secret key information about its nuclear tests for decades.

New details reveal the US withheld information about the nuclear waste it left behind when the Marshall Islands gained independence, and the extent of the tests it carried out. 

Now, a dome that contains hundreds of tonnes of nuclear waste is at risk of crumbling into the ocean. 

But with Washington increasingly jittery about China, the small Pacific country's finding it might now have some leverage to get something done. 

Jamie Tahana reports. 

Hilda Heine president of the Marshall Islands.

 The caretaker president of the Marshall Islands, Hilda Heine, says the new details are disturbing.  Photo: Office of the President of the Marshall Islands