The international community should abandon double standards in the field of nuclear non-proliferation, a Chinese official said at the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The trend reports with reference to
Cooperation in the field of nuclear submarines between the United States, Great Britain and Australia creates serious risks of nuclear proliferation, which is contrary to the goals and principles of the NPT, said the head of the Chinese delegation, Fu Cun.
This review conference should hold an in-depth discussion of its implications in all aspects, including challenges for the International Atomic Energy Agency’s safeguards system to firmly uphold the international non-proliferation regime, he said.
Regarding the Iran nuclear deal, he said all parties concerned should remain committed to getting the deal back on track soon through diplomatic negotiations and abandon the practice of pressure through sanctions and the threat of force. The United States should completely lift its respective illegal sanctions against Iran and long-standing jurisdictional measures against third parties. On this basis, Iran must return to full compliance with its nuclear obligations.
The security situation on the Korean Peninsula remains complex and serious. “It is necessary to follow a two-pronged approach and the principle of step-by-step and synchronized actions in advancing the process of establishing a peace mechanism and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” said Fu, who is director general of the department. arms control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.
“The so-called agreements on the distribution of nuclear weapons contradict the provisions of the NPT and increase the risk of nuclear proliferation and nuclear conflicts,” he said. “The United States must withdraw all of its nuclear weapons from Europe and refrain from deploying nuclear weapons in any other region.”
Relevant non-nuclear-weapon states should diligently implement their NPT obligations and their own commitments, and cease incitement to exchanges of nuclear weapons or other forms of nuclear deterrence agreements. Any attempt to replicate NATO’s model of nuclear sharing in the Asia-Pacific region would undermine regional strategic stability and face stiff resistance from countries in the region, and harsh countermeasures if necessary, he said.