Korea is a country rather poor in domestic energy resources. More than 97 percent of the country's energy needs are imported, and the amount of energy required is increasing fast. So Korea is eagerly looking for alternatives such as a commercial fusion reactor.
The ratification of the ITER Agreement in Korea is expected around February 2007, after which the Korean Domestic Agency can be established before summer. Where this agency will be is not yet officially decided, but it will most probably be in Daejeon, a city about 140 kilometres away from Seoul. The Domestic Agency would probably be the National Fusion Research Centre (NFRC).
On the verge of the ITER signing ceremony in Paris on November 21, ITER-Newsline talked to Ki-Jung Jung, Participant Team Leader of the Korean party about the present situation and the meaning of the ITER project to his country. return to Newsline #4