Chinese envoy encourages IAEA to further promote peaceful uses of nuclear energy

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-12 06:08:08|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese UN envoy on Monday encouraged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to further promote the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

After listening to the agency's report on its work, Chinese Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Wu Haitao said the steady development of global nuclear energy and the wider application of nuclear technology are playing an increasingly prominent role in promoting social and economic development, ensuring energy security and tackling climate change.

He stressed the need for the IAEA to vigorously push for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Wu said the agency should, in response to the worldwide nuclear energy development and the needs of its member states, increase resource input and continue to provide vigorous support to member states in developing and using nuclear energy, and apply nuclear technology on a wider scale.

He also noted that the agency should provide more technical and funding support and assistance to developing countries, and actively promote international cooperation so that the benefits of nuclear energy can be shared by all.

Moreover, the Chinese envoy noted that the work of the IAEA is conducive to the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the sustainable development goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

On the healthy and safe development of nuclear energy, he said the IAEA should continue to actively prepare the nuclear safety standards on nuclear security guidance, strengthen peer review services, assist member states in capacity building and exchange and share experiences, so as to build a high-standard global nuclear safety and security system.

In the meantime, Wu noted that the international security situation is going through complex and profound changes, and that nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security challenges are mounting, while the threat of nuclear terrorism is not to be overlooked.

On the IAEA's role in facilitating a political and diplomatic settlement of nuclear hotspot issues, he said China commends the agency for its effort in facilitating the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and that China supports the agency in continuing to fulfil its monitoring and verification mandate objectively and impartially.

With regard to China's role, Wu said China has been actively promoting the safe and efficient development of nuclear energy.

"We have been vigorously promoting the wider application of nuclear technology, taking an active part in international cooperation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and are committed to doing what we can to assist other emerging nuclear energy countries," he said.

He noted that China also steadfastly supports the IAEA in fulfilling its safeguards mandate and maintaining the international non-proliferation regime.

"China stands ready to deepen comprehensive cooperation with the agency and make our new contributions to the cause of international security and development," he pledged.

As an organization within the UN family, the IAEA is the world's central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical cooperation in the nuclear field. It aims to work for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology.