Regarding the extension of the New START Treaty(Statement by Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu)
February 4, 2021
- On February 3, 2021 (local time), the U.S. and Russia released respective statements on the extension of the "Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START Treaty)".
- The Treaty, which regulates, among others, the reduction of nuclear warheads and their delivery vehicles, represents an important progress in nuclear disarmament by the U.S. and Russia. Japan welcomes the five-year extension of the Treaty.
- Japan expresses strong hope that this progress will lead to the development of a broader framework of arms control, which involves not only the U.S. and Russia but other countries and covers a wider range of weapon systems. Japan believes this extension will also contribute to the 10th NPT Review Conference expected to be held in August this year.
- As the only country to have ever suffered atomic bombings during war, Japan has the responsibility to take the lead in the efforts by the international community to realize a world without nuclear weapons. Coordinating with the new U.S. administration, Japan will not spare any effort to steadily advance steps towards the realization of that goal.