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Beijing calls on Tokyo to return plutonium to US

Updated: 2014-02-18 07:49
By Zhang Yunbi ( China Daily)

China voiced "serious concern" on Monday over Japan's possession of weapons-grade nuclear materials, urging Tokyo to return the plutonium borrowed from the United States as soon as possible.

Critics around the world have publicly questioned Japan's nuclear strategy after Japan's Kyodo News Agency confirmed that Washington has been pressing Tokyo since 2010 to return more than 300 kilograms of mostly weapons-grade plutonium.

Government sources in the US and Japan said the plutonium - given to Japan for research purposes during the Cold War era - could be used to produce 40 to 50 nuclear weapons, and since then Japan had strongly resisted returning the material.

Beijing calls on Tokyo to return plutonium to US