CANBERRA, Australia, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Chinese and Australian officials open official talks next week on creation of safeguards for the export of uranium to China.
The safeguards are designed to prevent Australian uranium being used by China for weapons or to replace domestic uranium supplies used to build nuclear weapons, the Australian said.
An agreement reportedly also could prevent China from selling Australian uranium to countries that have not signed an export deal with Australia.
The two-day talks, beginning Tuesday in Canberra, will be led by John Carlson, director-general of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office.
Prime Minister John Howard said that Australia, which has about 40 percent of the world's known uranium reserves, would consider exports to China only when adequate safeguards were in place.