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The 12th Asian Senior-level Talks on Non-Proliferation (ASTOP-XII)

January 15, 2016

1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host the Eleventh Asian Senior-level Talks on Non-Proliferation (ASTOP-XII) on January 20 (Wed.) at the Mita Kaigisho in Tokyo.

2. ASEAN member states, China, the Republic of Korea and countries with a common interest in the security of the Asian region such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States will be represented among the convening senior government officials in charge of non-proliferation policies. Various issues related to the strengthening of the non-proliferation apparatus in Asia will be discussed during the Talks to deepen the level of understanding among countries of their desired non-proliferation implementation measures, the obstacles they would face and solutions to such obstacles.

3. ASTOP-XII will cover several topics such as North Korean nuclear issue, IAEA safeguards, export control, counter-proliferation measures and nuclear security.

(Note) Past meetings of the Asian Senior-level Talks on Non-Proliferation (ASTOP)

First Meeting (Tokyo)  November 13, 2003
Second Meeting (Tokyo) February 9, 2005
Third Meeting (Tokyo) February 13, 2006
Fourth Meeting (Tokyo) January 25-26, 2007
Fifth Meeting (Tokyo) April 25, 2008
Sixth Meeting (Tokyo) December 11, 2009
Seventh Meeting (Tokyo) January 17, 2011
Eighth Meeting (Tokyo) December1, 2011
Ninth Meeting (Tokyo) March 14, 2013
Tenth Meeting (Tokyo) November 20, 2013
Eleventh Meeting (Tokyo) January 14, 2015

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