Signing of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism

September 13, 2005

  1. At the Cabinet Meeting on September 13 (Tue), it was decided that Japan will sign the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is scheduled to sign the Convention in the afternoon of September 15 (Thu) (Japan time 16 (Fri)) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where he will be attending the High-Level Plenary meeting of the 60th General Assembly.
  2. The U.N. General Assembly Resolution on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism that was adopted in December 1996 triggered off the start of U.N.-led negotiations on this Convention from February 1997 and the Convention was adopted on April 13 (Wed) 2005 by the U.N. General Assembly. Under this Convention, such acts as possessing or using radioactive material, nuclear explosive device, etc., are prescribed as criminal offences and each State Party is obliged to establish jurisdiction over such acts and to extradite alleged offenders to relevant parties to the Convention or to prosecute them by itself, with a view to preventing criminals from escaping the criminal proceedings throughout the world.
  3. Japan has made proactive contributions to establishing an international framework for preventing terrorism by, for example, concluding all the twelve international counter-terrorism conventions and protocols that have been made so far and making diplomatic efforts to encourage other states to become parties to these conventions and protocols as early as possible. Japan's signing of this Convention is significant in demonstrating in the international community that Japan has been actively taking counter-terrorism measures including those for prevention of terrorism using radioactive material.
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