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Xi calls for boosting global nuclear security

By An Baijie / Xinhua

Xi calls for boosting global nuclear security
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening plenary of the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington , March 31, 2016. (Xinhua photo)

WASHINGTOG - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called for strengthening global nuclear security and promoting worldwide governance on nuclear security.

In a speech at the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Xi said that countries should build international consensus on enhanced nuclear security, have zero-tolerance for nuclear terrorism with no discrimination, and give an effective response to new challenges and threats.

"As a Chinese saying goes, 'For a tree to grow tall, it needs to have deep roots'. And we have always wanted to find a solution that addresses the root cause of the problem," Xi said.

He called on countries to plan and implement nuclear security strategy, formulate mid- and-longterm development plans for nuclear security, improve nuclear security legislation and monitoring mechanism, and ensure that relevant work receives sufficient input and support, at the national level.

"All countries should participate in nuclear security affairs, and adopt an open and inclusive spirit to forge a community of shared future on nuclear security," he said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency can play a central role to coordinate and consolidate global resources for nuclear security, and the United Nations can continue to play an important role, he added.

Xi also proposed that governments must do a good job to spread the knowledge of nuclear security and increase public understanding of and attention to nuclear security.

He urged countries around the world to increase national input and expand international cooperation so as to further firm up the global nuclear security architecture.

Xi told the summit that China has strived to explore effective ways to strengthen nuclear security, and China has already incorporated nuclear security in its national security system, written it into the National Security Law and defined its strategic nature.

"Keeping its promise on nuclear security, China has fulfilled its international obligations and political commitment," he said.

US President Barack Obama on Friday praised the cooperation between the United States and China on nuclear security, citing the recent opening of a center in Beijing for promoting nuclear security and training.

The Center of Excellence on Nuclear Security has been completed a year ahead of schedule and is operational in suburban Beijing.

Xi calls for boosting global nuclear security
President Xi Jinping (4th right, front) poses for a group photo with other leaders attending the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC, April 1, 2016. (Photo/Xinhua)

Xi stresses dialogue in dispute settlement

President Xi also said that the solution of the Iranian nuclear issue has provided inspiration for settlement of other hot issues, stressing dialogue and cooperation among major countries.

He made the remarks at the meeting attended by leaders of six countries which helped broker the Iranian nuclear deal, an event on the sidelines of the fourth Nuclear Security Summit.

Calling the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached on the Iranian nuclear issue a "milestone," Xi called for full implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal which downsizes Tehran's nuclear program in return for Western sanction relief.

"We should stick to the political commitment and make sure the deal is implemented as it should have been," Xi said, adding that any "external interference" should be eliminated.

Iran reached the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action last year with the "P5+1," namely Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany, over its nuclear program after over 18 months of marathon talks.

China has always been "an active participant, constructor and contributor" in the solution process, Xi said.

"We stand ready to work with all related sides to push forward the implementation of the deal," he said.

He also stressed the importance of strengthening the global security governance in today's world where hot issues keep emerging.

The Chinese president said that dialogue and negotiation should be the best choice in solution of hotspot issues and cooperation and coordination among major countries proves effective to settle serious disputes.

"Moreover, justice and equity should be the underlying principle for reaching any international agreement," he said. "Double standards will not lead anywhere."

Xi also said that political resolve is the key factor for making a breakthrough in negotiations.

Xi wrapped up a productive trip to the US capital and departed for home on Friday evening.

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