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The Adoption of the Draft Resolution on Nuclear Disarmament submitted by Japan to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly
(Statement by Foreign Minister Taro Kono)

November 2, 2018
  1.   On November 2 (November 1 local time), the draft resolution entitled “United action with renewed determination towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons”, submitted by Japan to the First Committee of the United Nation (UN) General Assembly, was adopted with the supports of 160 countries including 69 co-sponsored countries. The draft resolution is scheduled to be put on a vote in a plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly in early December.
  2.  This year’s draft resolution stresses the importance to maintain and strengthen the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as a cornerstone of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, looking ahead to the 2020 NPT Review Conference. Based upon the recommendations I received this March from “the Group of Eminent Persons for Substantive Advancement of Nuclear Disarmament,” the draft resolution also emphasizes that advancing nuclear disarmament while improving the international security environment is important to seek for a world free of nuclear weapons, and that bridging different views and facilitating dialogue are indispensable in the international community.
  3.  This draft resolution aims at contributing to creating a common ground where the international community can provide united actions towards a world free of nuclear weapon even under the current severe international security environment. In this endeavor, I feel encouraged that the draft resolution this year was adopted with widespread supports from many states including nuclear-weapon-States and the states in favor of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  4.  Japan will continue to work tenaciously to proceed steadily towards the realization of a world free of nuclear weapons.

 Reference: Results of the voting for the adoption of the draft resolution
 Approval: 160, Oppositions:4 (DPRK, China, Russia, Syria), Abstentions:24

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