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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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