A senior Chinese arms control
official on Monday in Rabat called for effective measures to prevent and combat
nuclear terrorism, which he said has become an urgent task for the international
Addressing the first meeting of 12 initial member countries of a new
anti-nuclear terror initiative, Zhang Yan, director-general of arms control
department at the Foreign Minsitry, said China has consistently opposed any kind
of terrorism, and fully supported international efforts against it.
China, the United Sates, Russia and nine other countries held their first
meeting in Rabat to begin implementing the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear
The initiative was announced by U.S. President George W. Bush and his Russian
counterpart Vladimir Putin in July, at the G8 summit. It aims to provide
guidelines for keeping track of nuclear substances, ensuring the safety of
nuclear facilities, and combating trafficking that could deliver nuclear
materials into the hands of terrorists.
While reiterating China's full support to the principles and aims of the
initiative, Zhang stressed that all related exercises should be conducted under
the basis of voluntary participation and in accordance with international laws.
Sticking to this is beneficial to the effective implementation of the
initiative, he added.
Zhang also called for more caution while taking economic and financial
measures, in case such measures could harm normal financial activities.
Zhang said China welcomed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to
join the initiative as an observer. The organization could offer powerful
technical support for the implementation of the initiative with its rich
experience and advanced technologies about the security of nuclear facilities.
The host Morocco joined the 12 original members on Monday in the first
expansion of the initiative's membership. It was initially an observer.
Other participating countries included Britain, France, Italy, Japan, Canada,
Turkey, Kazakhstan, Australia and Germany.