China says IAEA should play bigger role in emergency response to nuclear crisis

08:39, March 22, 2011      

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China on Monday said that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should play a bigger role in emergency response to nuclear crisis.

The international community has high expectations that IAEA will play a positive role in helping Japan overcome the nuclear crisis as soon as possible, said Huang Wei, China's deputy envoy to the agency.

"We hope that the agency will fully play its leading and coordinating role, mobilize various resources both internally and in member states, assist Japan in accelerating accident rescue and minimize the effects of the accident, " Huang said.

Huang told a special meeting of the IAEA board of governors that the nuclear accident at Fukushima No.1 plant is a matter of grave concern and worry to the international community.

He noted the Chinese government has been following developments very closely and hopes to be informed in a timely and accurate fashion of developments relating to rescue and relief operations.

Huang pointed out that in the aftermath of the quake and tsunami, China swiftly sent out a rescue team to Japan and provided large quantities of humanitarian relief material.

"China is prepared to work alongside other member states, actively participate in relevant work led by the agency," he added.

Source: Xinhua
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