Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty (Bangkok Treaty)
November 22, 2011
- On the occasion of the resent ASEAN Summit Meetings held in Bali, the negotiations to enable the five nuclear-weapon States to accede to the South East Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (the Bangkok Treaty) Protocol concluded between the five nuclear-weapon States and ASEAN.
- Japan welcomes this announcement as the Bangkok Treaty contributes to the peace and stability of South East Asia as well as to the progress of international nuclear disarmament.
- Japan hopes for the early signature and ratification of the Protocol by the five nuclear-weapon States, and is poised to assume a greater leadership role in the international community with a view to achieving a world without nuclear weapons.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)