The Release of the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR)
(Statement by Foreign Minister Taro Kono)
1. The U.S. Department of Defense released its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) on Friday, February 2.
2. Japan highly appreciates the latest NPR which clearly articulates the U.S. resolve to ensure the effectiveness of its deterrence and its commitment to providing extended deterrence to its allies including Japan, in light of the international security environment which has been rapidly worsened since the release of the previous 2010 NPR, in particular, by continued development of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Japan shares with the U.S. the same recognition of such severe security environment.
3. Japan will strengthen the deterrence of the Japan-U.S. Alliance by closely consulting on the extended deterrence, including nuclear deterrence, through the Japan-U.S. Extended Deterrence Dialogue and other consultations.
4. In the latest NPR, the U.S. expresses its commitment to continuing efforts toward the ultimate global elimination of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, strengthening of the NPT regime, and pursuing the security conditions that could enable further nuclear reductions. Japan, as a leading state towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, will continue to closely cooperate with the U.S. to promote realistic and tangible nuclear disarmament, while appropriately addressing the actual security threats.