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UN hails China's commitment to nuke security

By Xinhua

UN hails China's commitment to nuke security
China's President Xi Jinping (right) with US President Barack Obama in a P5+1 meeting during the Nuclear Security Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on April 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

UNITED NATIONS - China has demonstrated its strong commitment to enhancing the global nuclear security culture, said Kim Won-soo, UN under-secretary-general and high representative for disarmament affairs, on Tuesday.

Coming back from the fourth and the last Nuclear Security Summit, which concluded over the weekend in Washington, Kim noted that China has made important contributions.

China is doing a lot to improve nuclear security culture, including establishing a nuclear security Center of Excellence, strengthening internal legislation and taking inventory of radioactive sources and other related security and safety measures, said Kim in an interview with Chinese media.

China has been training Chinese staff involved in the nuclear sector, and organized lots of workshops with the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide training for those countries that need to build capacities for their own national stand, Kim added.

Speaking of the Nuclear Security Summit, Kim said it had successfully raised the awareness of the world leaders at the highest level about the seriousness of nuclear security and terrorism.

"The risk involved in nuclear security is for every country. If any of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) usable material ends up in the wrong hands, that threat is not for one country, but for many countries in the world," Kim said.

Noting that several non-state actors, including the Islamic State (IS) were trying to get hold of WMD material, Kim warned that although many countries did not have nuclear radioactive, chemical or biological materials, they could well get involved if an untoward incident happened.

"So all these countries involved should build their capacities to prevent and respond to this type of incident," said Kim.

Kim mentioned a joint statement issued by China and the United States on nuclear security cooperation.

"The gist of the outcome of this summit is all countries should cooperate to minimize the risk," he said, adding that there are several stages like prevention and response that need the engagement of the international community.

Kim said although the current format of the summit process had ended with the latest meet in Washington, all countries had agreed to sustain political momentum through the IAEA ministerial conference every three years.

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