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Japan will not join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Japanese Government Secretary-General Katsunobu Kato said that his country has no intention of joining the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which will take effect on January 22, 2021.

Nevertheless, he added, Japan would continue to advocate a world without nuclear weapons.

The Japanese official said, “Tokyo will continue to play the leading role of the movement, for a world without nuclear weapons.”

Kato stressed that “the treaty seeks to achieve the same goal as Japan, which is the elimination of nuclear weapons, but the Japanese government still has questions about the true level of support that this treaty enjoys, whether between nuclear or non-nuclear countries.”

According to Japan’s official position, adopting the document without complete agreement between nuclear and non-nuclear powers will not allow the treaty to be implemented.

“The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons does not match our approach to dealing with this problem, and our country will not sign it. We have expressed this repeatedly, and there are no changes in our position,” Cato said.

Earlier, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN announced that 50 countries had ratified the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which was a condition for its entry into force.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was adopted in New York on July 7, 2017, with the support of 122 countries in the United Nations, after negotiations in which the nuclear states did not participate, including Russia, Britain, China, the United States and France.

According to the document, the participants in it pledge, “Never, under any circumstances, to develop, test, produce or store nuclear weapons,” as well as not to use or threaten to use them. Countries that joined the agreement will also be prevented from spreading nuclear weapons to other countries on their soil

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