|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on the Joint Statement by Japan and the US on the Return of Sensitive Nuclear Materials|
Q: US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a joint statement at the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, announcing Japan's return of sensitive nuclear materials to the US. What is China's comment?
A: China welcomes the agreement. The consent finally given by Japan to the return of sensitive nuclear materials from the fast critical assembly represents a step in the right direction. We appreciate and support the efforts by the US in retrieving overseas sensitive nuclear materials. We are also pleased to see that the call of the international community has paid off. Japan still has a large stockpile of other sensitive nuclear materials, which far exceeds its actual and normal need. We hope that Japan will move forward to face up to the concerns of the international community, keep taking concrete measures and address the severe imbalance of supply and demand of nuclear materials at an early date.