White House calls for demilitarized zone around Ukraine nuclear plant

By Thomson Reuters Aug 29, 2022 | 12:17 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday that Russia should agree to a demilitarized zone around the Ukrainian nuclear plant that has become a dangerous frontline in the ongoing war.

White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told reporters the Biden administration supports a visit led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant on the Dnipro river in southern central Ukraine.

A controlled shutdown of the plant would be the safest option, he said.

(Reporting by Christopher Gallagher, Michael Martina and Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by Chris Reese)