Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations,Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

May 9, 2003

  1. The Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) held from April 28 in Geneva ended on May 9 (local time) by issuing a report annexed with the chairman's factual summary. Japan welcomes the result, regarding it as a clear message from the international community aimed at promoting nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

  2. At the Session, a large number of States parties expressed concern about the recent developments regarding North Korea's nuclear issue and the Chairman's factual summary called upon North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme in a verifiable and irreversible way and expressed a view that the issue should continue to be dealt with multilaterally, through diplomatic means, with the participation of the concerned countries. Japan highly appreciates this shared view and strongly hopes that North Korea will sincerely accept this message from the international community.

  3. Japan regards Timor-Leste's accession to the NPT on May 5, during the Session, as timely, as strengthening the NPT framework. Japan also appreciates that the summary mentioned the importance of education on disarmament and non-proliferation, a subject that Japan has stressed and promoted.

  4. Japan considers the NPT very important as the cornerstone of the global nuclear disarmament and non- proliferation regime and intends to continue exerting efforts to promote nuclear disarmament toward the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
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