Submission of the Draft Resolution on Nuclear Disarmament by Japan to the United Nations General Assembly

October 11, 2006

  1. On October 11 (Wed) (New York time), the Government of Japan submitted its draft resolution on nuclear disarmament "Renewed determination towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons" to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. Japan began submitting a draft resolution on nuclear disarmament to the United Nations General Assembly in 1994 and this is the 13th successive year.
  2. Japan submitted this draft resolution based on its basic position as the only nation in the world to have suffered atomic bombing, that aims at the realization of a peaceful and safe world free from nuclear weapons through a practical and incremental approach, inspired by the strong national sentiment calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons. 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 nor in the negotiation of the UN World Summit Outcome Document on the disarmament and non-proliferation issues in September 2005. Moreover, the latest North Korean nuclear issue is a challenge to the international regime for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The Government of Japan believes the need for further efforts to maintain and consolidate the international disarmament and non-proliferation regime based on the NPT. The submission of this draft resolution represents one of Japan's such concrete efforts. This year, a reference to the nuclear test proclaimed by North Korea on October 9 is included in the draft resolution.
  3. This draft resolution will be adopted through deliberations by the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on or after October 23 (Mon).

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