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, 2005

  1. The Government of Japan welcomes the fact that its draft resolution on nuclear disarmament "Renewed determination towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons" was adopted, at the Plenary Session of the United Nations General Assembly on December 9th Japan time (New York time: December 8th), by an overwhelming majority with support from the largest number of countries since 1994 when Japan began submitting its resolution on nuclear disarmament to the United Nations General Assembly.
  2. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombings. On this occasion, however, no substantial agreement was achieved at the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in May as well as in the negotiation on the disarmament and non-proliferation section of the UN World Summit Outcome in September. In this situation, inspired by the strong national sentiment calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons, Japan, as the only nation in the world to have suffered atomic bombing, has strengthened the content of its draft resolution, while maintaining its basic 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 towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons. This draft resolution enjoyed overwhelming support from the international community.
  3. Although the situation of nuclear disarmament remains challenging, Japan intends to pursue its various diplomatic efforts to maintain and reinforce international disarmament and non-proliferation regime based on the NPT, responding to the political will of a large majority of the international community, which was expressed through the adoption of this resolution.

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