The Latest: Official: China is committed to nuclear security


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Nuclear Security Summit convened by President Barack Obama:

11:25

A senior Chinese official says the nation is committed to improving nuclear security, including the threat of cyberattacks on power plants.

Xu Dazhe (shoo dah-juh) chairs the China Atomic Energy Authority. He was briefing media Thursday as world leaders gathered in Washington for a summit on preventing nuclear terrorism and countering nuclear smuggling.

Xu says China is working with other major nuclear powers including the U.S. on control and safety measures.

He says cyberattacks “present a very serious threat to our power industry, financial industry and nuclear facilities.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) is set to meet President Barack Obama on Thursday.

Nuclear safety is seen as an area of cooperation between the two world powers, but cybersecurity is a source of tension.

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10:25 a.m.

President Barack Obama says more must be done to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

He’s calling on Russia to further reduce its nuclear weapons stockpile. He says the U.S. and its allies will continue standing up to North Korea over its continued nuclear tests and missile launches.

Obama says world security also depends on the U.S. and other nations adopting a ban on all nuclear explosions and concluding a new treaty to end production of the material needed for nuclear weapons.

Obama says achieving a world without nuclear weapons won’t happen quickly and perhaps not in his lifetime. But he says the work has begun.

He commented in an opinion piece appearing in Thursday editions of The Washington Post as world leaders met in the nation’s capital for the fourth nuclear security summit Obama has hosted.

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9:45 a.m.

Dozens of world leaders are gathering in the nation’s capital for a summit on nuclear security hosted by President Barack Obama.

It’s the fourth such summit Obama has held focused on preventing nuclear terrorism and countering nuclear smuggling. This one follows deadly attacks in Paris, California, Belgium, Pakistan and elsewhere, heightening fears about what extremists could do using nuclear material.

On the margins of Thursday’s sessions, Obama plans a three-way meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) and South Korean President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay). Both U.S. allies are deeply concerned about recent nuclear tests and a rocket launch by neighboring North Korea.

Obama was also holding one-on-one meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) and French President Francois Hollande.

Leaders are expected at the White House for a working dinner with Obama.