Statement by Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on Libya's Signing of the IAEA Additional Protocol

March 10, 2004
Japanese


Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement regarding Libya's signing of the IAEA Additional Protocol.
  1. Japan welcomes Libya's signing of the IAEA Additional Protocol on March 10 (Wed) in Vienna.

  2. Libya's signing of the Additional Protocol, following its decision on December 19, 2003 to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and their delivery means programs, is significant in promoting disarmament and nonproliferation of WMDs and their delivery means.

  3. Japan calls upon Libya to promptly ratify and fully implement the Additional Protocol and to cooperate with the IAEA in accordance with the Additional Protocol pending its ratification.

  4. Libya's signing of the Additional Protocol is consistent with Japan's policy of pursuing the universalization of the Additional Protocol to strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime.

  5. Japan strongly hopes that North Korea and other countries suspected of developing WMDs and their delivery means will follow Libya's posture of observing the international disarmament and nonproliferation regime, including its signing of the Additional Protocol. Japan also intends to continue to urge other countries which have not yet concluded the Additional Protocol to do so.
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