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Japan promises to return US weapons plutonium
The authorities of Japan for a long time refused to return the US 300 kg of plutonium, sufficient to create 50 atomic bombs. Plutonium was transferred to Japan by Americans for research purposes back in the 1960-ies. For a long time, Tokyo refused to return plutonium, but the other day the decision was made. It is expected that the transfer will be legally formalized at the Nuclear Security Summit in March 2014.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed dissatisfaction that the Japanese authorities did not give hazardous substances to their owner for a long time. "As a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Japan must adhere to this agreement unquestioningly," said Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Recall that relations between Japan and the PRC have deteriorated sharply over the past few months. In November, 2013, the PRC announced the creation of an air defense zone in the area of the disputed Senkaku archipelago (Diaoyu), which displeased the authorities of Japan, South Korea and the United States. At the end of January 2014, during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the head of the Japanese government, Shinzo Abe, compared the territorial dispute between China and Japan with the Anglo-German confrontation before the start of the First World War.