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 United Nations General Assembly

December 9, 2003

  1. The Government of Japan welcomes the adoption on December 8 (Mon) New York time (Japan time: December 9), by an overwhelming majority (164 in favour to 2 against, with 14 abstentions) of the draft resolution on "A path to the total elimination of nuclear weapons" that it submitted to the United Nations General Assembly.

  2. The Government of Japan has annually submitted draft resolutions on nuclear disarmament to the United Nations since 1994 (2003 is the tenth year) 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 the 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 (this year marks the greatest number of votes in favour of the resolution in ten years).

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

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