The Eighth Asian Senior-level Talks on Non-Proliferation (ASTOP-VIII)

December 1, 2011

  1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the Eighth Asian Senior-level Talks on Non-Proliferation (ASTOP-VIII) on Thursday, December 1 at the Mita Kaigisho (Mita Conference Hall) in Tokyo. Senior level government officials in charge of non-proliferation policies from the ASEAN member countries, Australia, Canada, China, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United States, and Japan, the host, participated in the meeting.

  2. The main points of the Talks were as follows:
    (1)Participants exchanged views on international and domestic efforts regarding strengthening IAEA safeguards, as well as on enhancing nuclear security with a view to the Nuclear Security Summit to be held in Seoul in March 2012. Furthermore, international cooperation including human resource development in these fields was also discussed.

    (2)Participants also exchanged views on efforts to prevent proliferation-related transfer including implementation of sanctions under UN Security Council resolutions and introduction of export control systems in participating countries. The discussion also covered the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI).

  3. Following the Talks, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Joe NAKANO hosted a reception, in which participants continued their discussions with the non-proliferation experts of Japan. ASTOP provides a rare and precious opportunity for all senior officials from Asian countries to converge and exchange their information and views on non-proliferation issues in a comprehensive manner.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)