Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the UN, said on Thursday his country was “deeply concerned” by the recent bombing of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
“We call on the parties concerned to exercise restraint, act prudently, refrain from any action that could endanger nuclear safety, and spare no effort to minimize any potential accidents,” the Chinese delegate said at a briefing at the UN Security Council. .
On Thursday, Zhang presided over a meeting on the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in his capacity as chairman of the Security Council for the month of August.
The Chinese official said the bombing did not pose a direct threat to nuclear safety and that radiation levels remained normal, citing information obtained by the International Atomic Energy Agency from the Ukrainian nuclear service.
“However, the bombing caused damage to the physical integrity of the station, the safety and security system, power supply and personnel safety, which caused nuclear alarm in the international community,” he added.
For his part, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya emphasized that Kyiv’s strikes on nuclear facilities are pushing the world towards a radiation catastrophe similar to Chernobyl, and he fully blamed Kyiv’s Western sponsors for a potential nuclear disaster at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. .