Statement by Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Decision by Libya to Abandon Weapons of Mass Destruction

December 22, 2003

  1. Japan welcomes Libya's decision announced on December 19 (Fri) to abandon all of its development programs of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and to allow immediate inspections by international organizations. Japan also lauds the efforts and the roles of both the US and UK to lead Libya to make such a decision.

  2. Libya's decision has a significant meaning in promoting disarmament and nonproliferation of WMDs as the proliferation of WMDs and their means of delivery poses major threats to the peace and security of the international community. This decision is also in harmony with Japan's policy of pursuing the universal acceptance of the international agreements on the banning and limitation of WMDs.

  3. Japan urges Libya to carry out this decision promptly and hopes that there will be further progress in the return of Libya to the international community.

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