China supports disarmament

May 1, 2012 at 11:29 AM
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VIENNA, May 1 (UPI) -- China has told the committee preparing a nuclear disarmament conference in Vienna that it would like to see a world free of nuclear weapons.

Cheng Jingye, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, said his country will actively push the nuclear disarmament process forward, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.

In his speech to the preparatory committee, Cheng said countries with the largest nuclear arsenals should continue to make drastic reductions in a verifiable and irreversible manner.

He said his country would keep its nuclear capabilities at the minimum level required for national security and would unconditionally not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states of nuclear-weapon-free zones.

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