First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)(Statement by Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

May 12, 2007

  1. The First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which was chaired by Mr. Yukiya Amano, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, adopted its report and closed on May 11 (Fri) (Vienna Time).  While the NPT regime is being seriously challenged by DPRK and Iran’s nuclear issues, the Government of Japan highly appreciated and welcomed the fact that the process towards the 2010 NPT Review Conference had started successfully as it was very meaningful to maintain and strengthen credibility in the NPT, and to promote nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
  2. The Government of Japan, which sent the chairperson to the conference, had exchanged wide-ranging views with the countries concerned including nuclear-weapon States and Non-aligned Movement (NAM) countries even before the conference, and Japan held a Seminar “NPT on Trial” Vienna in February this year.  Although the conference faced difficulties in adopting the agenda, Chairperson Amano’s persistent coordination and Japan’s approach to the countries concerned played a leading role in the adoption of the agenda and made the conference successful as a chair country.
  3. As Japan places extreme importance on strengthening the NPT as the foundation of the international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime, Japan intends to proactively continue to promote the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime for the success of the NPT Review Conference, which will be held in 2010. 
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