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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.)