Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the Approval of the New START Treaty by the U.S. Senate

December 23, 2010

  1. On December 22 (Wed), the U.S. Senate approved the “Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures to Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms” (the new START Treaty).

  2. This Treaty, which stipulates reduction in nuclear warheads and their delivery means, demonstrates that important progress has been made towards nuclear disarmament by both United States and the Russian Federation.  Japan places importance on an early entry into force of this Treaty.
    Japan welcomes the approval of the treaty by the U.S Senate and hopes that domestic ratification procedures in the United States and the Russian Federation will be swiftly completed for an early entry into force of the Treaty.

  3. Japan strongly hopes that the latest development will lead to advancing global nuclear disarmament involving other countries possessing nuclear weapons than the United States and the Russian Federation.  At the same time, Japan also hopes that the United States will continue to lead the international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation efforts through an early ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).  Japan, in cooperation with the United States, will also display further leadership in the international community towards realizing the goal of "a world without nuclear weapons".