China foils a nuclear submarine amendment

It happened at a meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, with an amendment that was vetoed by the Chinese and therefore withdrawn

The permanent mission of China before the United Nations (UN) in Vienna on Friday frustrated an amendment proposed by the AUKUS countries for legitimize their cooperation with nuclear submarines at a meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog, the mission chief said.

At the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last week, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia proposed an amendment to an IAEA safeguards resolution in an effort to legitimize their submarine agreement in the context of the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Weapons nuclear), but later withdrew it after opposition from China.

Wang QunChina’s permanent representative to the UN in Vienna, said on Friday after the meeting that since November 2021, when China launched an intergovernmental review process on the AUKUS submarine deal at the IAEA board meeting, it is the first time the agency reviews the agreement at the general conference level.

Wang accused the AUKUS countries of trying to “whitewash” his nuclear submarine deal. lobbying the IAEA general conference to adopt his amendment and also to attempt to mislead public opinion and “demonize” the intergovernmental review process initiated by China.

In September 2021, the US, UK and Australia established the AUKUS alliance, under which The US and the UK will help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines. China and many other countries have repeatedly expressed concern about the transfer of nuclear weapons materials involved in the trilateral pact.

The Chinese envoy said that China thwarted the proposed AUKUS amendment in an effort to safeguard the NPT, and many IAEA member states also expressed serious concerns about proliferation risks of the AUKUS submarine deal in the conference. He urged the AUKUS countries to follow the intergovernmental review process, adhere to the international non-proliferation regime and seek common ground to solve the problem of their submarine cooperation.

“Whatever tricks the AUKUS countries play, they cannot change the position of the NPT as the cornerstone of the international non-proliferation regime; cannot compel the IAEA to engage in proliferation activities that further military ends; they cannot hijack the IAEA Secretariat to verify the program in favor of the three countries; and they cannot block the intergovernmental review process agreed upon by consensus four times at IAEA board meetings,” he noted. “Attempts to circumvent the intergovernmental review process are doomed to failure,” he added.

Fuente: Red Xinhua

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