Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the Adoption of the Draft Resolution on Nuclear Disarmament Submitted by Japan to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly
1. At 6:16 a.m. on October 30 (5:16 p.m., October 29, local time) the draft resolution on nuclear disarmament entitled “United action towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons” that was submitted by Japan to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York was adopted.
2. This draft resolution was adopted with an overwhelming majority of approval, numbering 163, including nuclear-weapon States. Going forward this draft resolution is scheduled to be put to the vote at the UN General Assembly Plenary Session in early December.
3. Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and in that milestone year the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which has significant implications for strengthening the NPT regime, is scheduled to be held. This draft resolution calls for NPT State Parties to work together toward achieving a successful outcome of the 2015 NPT Review Conference.
4. Furthermore, in this draft resolution, the international community firmly condemns nuclear test and other actions by North Korea, and urges North Korea not to conduct any further nuclear test and comply fully with the commitments under the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks as well as the obligations of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
5. Through initiatives such as this the Government of Japan intends to continue to lead the international community’s efforts to achieve “a world free of nuclear weapons.”