Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Adoption of the Draft Resolution on Nuclear Disarmament Submitted by Japan to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly

October 31, 2003

  1. The Government of Japan welcomes the adoption on October 30 New York time (Japan time: October 31), by an overwhelming majority, of the draft resolution on "A path to the total elimination of nuclear weapons" that it submitted to the first committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

  2. The Government of Japan has annually submitted draft resolutions on nuclear disarmament since 1994 and has enjoyed overwhelming support from the international community. Inspired by the strong national sentiment calling for the total elimination of nuclear weapons, Japan, as the only nation in the world to have suffered atomic bombing, submitted a draft resolution this year as well. The resolution is based on the fundamental position that places great importance on realization of a peaceful and safe world free of nuclear weapons through a steady continuation of a 'practical and incremental approach toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons. This draft resolution was adopted with large support.

  3. Following the adoption of its draft resolution, Japan intends to continue and intensify its diplomatic efforts in the area of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

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