50th anniversary of the entry into force of the NPT
(Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons)
(Statement by Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu)
March 5, 2020
- On March 5th, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). This year also marks the 25th anniversary of its indefinite extension. Japan highly appreciates NPT’s invaluable contribution to the consolidation and maintenance of international peace and security as the cornerstone of the international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime.
- The international community is currently facing the growing threat of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as well as a divergence of views on nuclear disarmament. Against this backdrop, we must uphold and strengthen the NPT regime in order to take realistic and concrete measures with the participation of both nuclear-weapon states and non-nuclear-weapon states.
- Looking ahead to the upcoming 2020 NPT Review Conference, Japan calls on the international community to unite in order to ensure this Treaty will continue to play a significant role. Japan stands ready to work tirelessly to proceed steadily towards the realization of a world free of nuclear weapons.