China, IAEA, Sign Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
China and the International Atomic Energy Agency have pledged to work together to improve nuclear security in East Asia.
A new agreement also requires the two to cooperate more closely in such areas as staff training and regulations and standards.
The deal was signed Tuesday during a visit to Beijing by Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano, who became head of the IAEA in December. China Atomic Energy Authority Chairman Chen Qiufa signed for China.
Reports from the meeting did not mention North Korea, which says it has tested nuclear weapons and is considered the most serious threat to nuclear security in the region.
China is North Korea's most important supplier of aid and essential goods.