Ministry of Foreign Affairs: China expresses serious concern about Japan’s possession of weapons-grade nuclear materials

China News Service, Beijing, February 17 (Yu Zhanxi Wang Yifei) Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said at a regular press conference on the 17th that China expressed serious concern about Japan’s possession of weapons-grade nuclear materials. The party did not return weapons-grade nuclear materials to the countries concerned for explanation.

According to reports, starting from the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, the US government asked Japan to return 331 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium provided to Japan during the Cold War. The batch is now in the Atomic Energy Development Agency and is capable of producing 40 to 50 nuclear weapons. Japan has been forced to compromise under repeated US demands, and Mei Xi reached an agreement before the Dutch Nuclear Security Summit in March this year. According to another report, about 44 tons of reactor-grade plutonium was also stored.

In response to a reporter’s question on the matter, Hua Chunying said that China has always attached great importance to the potential dangers of nuclear proliferation risks and nuclear material safety issues to regional security, and expressed serious concern about Japan’s possession of weapons-grade nuclear materials. .

Hua Chunying said that China believes that Japan, as a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, should strictly abide by the international obligations of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear safety. The Guidelines for the Management of Bismuth Materials issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency require countries to balance the supply and demand of nuclear materials as much as possible.

She said that at present, Japan stores a large amount of nuclear materials in its territory, including weapons-grade nuclear materials. One is related to the safety of nuclear materials and the risk of nuclear non-proliferation; the other is the serious imbalance between supply and demand.

& ldquo;The International Atomic Energy Agency requires countries to balance supply and demand. I think this is obvious. Nuclear materials only have a balance between supply and demand. There is no hidden danger in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. & rdquo; Hua Chunying pointed out.

Hua Chunying said that Japan has not returned its stored weapons-grade nuclear materials to the countries concerned for a long time, which has aroused the concern of the international community. The Chinese side is also very concerned about this and hopes that the Japanese side will explain this.

& ldquo; We urge Japan to comply with its nuclear non-proliferation obligations and to return the weapons-grade nuclear materials as soon as possible in a responsible manner towards international security. We also urge Japan to take practical measures to explain to the international community how Japan intends to resolve the serious imbalance between supply and demand of nuclear materials in its territory as soon as possible in accordance with the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency. & rdquo; Hua Chunying stressed.

Responsible Editor: Liu Yang

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