Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) by the Republic of Chile

April 13, 2000

  1. Japan wholeheartedly welcomes the decision made by the Republic of Chile to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The decision is very encouraging as a positive, far-reaching signal for global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

  2. To facilitate the early entry-into-force of the CTBT, Japan has so far made approaches by sending letters from the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister and by dispatching high-level missions to the countries whose ratifications are required for the entry-into-force of the Treaty, but which have no yet ratified the Treaty. Last October, Minister for Foreign Affairs Yohei Kono wrote a letter calling for the early ratification to the Chilean Foreign Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Valdes.

  3. Japan intends to continue urging other countries that have not yet ratified the Treaty to do so at an early date.


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