Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution on Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs)

April 29, 2004

  1. Japan welcomes the unanimous adoption of a resolution concerning the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by the United Nations Security Council at its meeting on April 29 (Thu) (Local time: April 28) in New York.

  2. Japan, sharing great concern with the international community about the proliferation of WMDs and their means of delivery, regards it as an urgent issue to prevent the proliferation of WMDs to non-state actors such as terrorists. Japan supports the adoption of this Security Council resolution and expects that all the U.N. Member States will comply with it.

  3. To counter the proliferation of WMDs, it is important to ensure the proactive cooperation of many countries. Japan appreciates this resolution, which calls for assistance for developing countries that are facing difficulties in implementing the obligations of the international agreements on WMDs and their means of delivery. Japan has continuously extended such assistance and intends to further emphasize providing such assistance in relation to this resolution.

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