Japan-Pakistan Consultation on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

August 1, 2007

  1. The Japan-Pakistan Consultation on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation was held on July 25 (Wed) in Islamabad.  The Consultation was attended on the Japanese side by Ambassador Takeshi Nakane, Director-General for Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and others, and on the Pakistani side by Mr. Khalilullah Qazi, Director-General (Disarmament), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and others.  At the Consultation, the two sides exchanged views on various current issues related to disarmament and non-proliferation, such as nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, conventional weapons, and regional issues.
  2. As to nuclear disarmament, the Japanese side made requests for signing and ratifying the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), and for declaring a moratorium on producing weapon-grade fissile materials for nuclear weapons.  The Japanese side also called for Pakistan’s support for the draft resolution for nuclear disarmament which the Government of Japan introduces to the United Nations General Assembly every year.
  3. In addition, the Japanese side conveyed its concern over Pakistan’s nuclear and missile development programs in terms of non-proliferation.
  4. Both sides also exchanged views on North Korea’s nuclear and missile issues. The Japanese side asked Pakistan to refrain from cooperating or conducting missile-related technology transactions with North Korea, and the Pakistani side gave an assurance that Pakistan no longer affords such cooperation or transactions.  The Japanese delegation expressed its expectation of Pakistan’s full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1718, and the Pakistani side agreed on the importance of its full implementation.