On behalf of HRH Crown Prince, Chief of General Staff Attends Inauguration of EDEX 2021    Coronavirus pandemic could cost global tourism $2 trillion this year    Jeddah receiving world's greatest drivers in preparation for Formula1 Grand Prix    IOM scales up aid at EU-Belarus border, as migrant hypothermia deaths tick up    Aramco awards contracts worth $10bn for vast Jafurah field development    Trailblazer Juffali named ambassador for Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix    Crown Prince sends written message to Kuwait's Sheikh Mishal    Saudi national team golfers in action in both Thailand & Bahrain    Iraq Records 826 New COVID-19 Cases    GACA: Circular issued to airlines allowing direct entry from all countries for passengers who have received one dose of vaccine inside Saudi Arabia    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Higher at 10,810 Points    OIC Condemns Israeli President's Storming of Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron    Prophet's Holy Mosque Library Enriches Visitors' Knowledge with 180,000 Books    King Abdulaziz University, Polytechnic University of Milan Sign Agreement for Cooperation in Computer, Technological Fields    Magnitude-7.5 Earthquake Hits Northern Peru, Twelve Injured    Suspicion and sacrifice as Ethiopia fighting spreads    UK, Israel join forces to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons    South African president calls for lifting Omicron travel bans    Saudi Film Commission launches strategy to develop cinema sector    Saudi Film Commission launch its strategy to develop film and cinema sector    Dr. Al-Abdel Ali stresses failure to reach vaccination rates reason for global COVID surge    Saudi Arabia Dakar Rally route unveiled; 430 vehicles to take part    Launch of Fintech Tour Activities in Participation of SAMA, CMA and MCIT    Jeddah Corniche Circuit attracts world attention as first Saudi Arabian GP nears    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower at 10,787 Points    Dar AL-Hekma University Celebrates General Education    Saudi Arabia Welcomes Australia's Intention to Designate Hezbollah, Its Political and Military Wings, as Terrorist Organization    New batch of Saudi fuel derivatives grant arrives in Hadramout, Mahra    Riyadh Season to host @Hack as biggest cybersecurity event in region    Forum to discuss challenges of combating trafficking in persons    'Disability reminds us that there is no such thing as normal'    Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to dazzle Riyadh Season on Dec. 10    Musical theater legend Sondheim dies aged 91    STC Group Wins 2021 Effie Middle East Gold Awards    President, CEO of Saudi Arabian Fencing Federation to Participate in International Fencing Federation Congress    Al-Hilal Wins AFC Champions League 2021    United Through Sports World Virtual Youth Festival Kicks off Tomorrow in Turaif District    SAFF Announces First Female Coach for KSA's First Women's Team    First Full International Marathon in Saudi Arabia to be Held in March 2022    Riyadh Art Launches Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium 2021    Winter Wonderland Circus Amazes Audience with Thrilling Acrobatic Shows    Bollywood star's 'India got freedom in 2014' remark stirs controversy    23 Saudi women obtain favorable verdicts in 'adhl' lawsuits    Bride's fingerprint not required in revised e-marriage contract    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Japan will not join UN nuke ban treaty: Govt spokesman
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 26 - 10 - 2020

Japan has no plans to sign a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons, the government's top spokesman said Monday, explaining that the country has a different approach.
Japan's stance puts it in lockstep with the United States but could be seen as contradicting its anti-nuclear credo.
"As the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is different from our approach, we will not sign the treaty. There is no change in our stance," Chief Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a news conference.
"Although Japan shares the goal of abolishing nuclear weapons, it is appropriate to make steady and realistic efforts to advance nuclear disarmament while dealing appropriately with security threats, including maintaining and strengthening our deterrence," Kato said.
"We believe, given the increasingly difficult security environment surrounding Japan, it is appropriate to make steady and realistic progress toward nuclear disarmament while maintaining and strengthening our deterrence capabilities to deal with threats," Kato added.
"Japan shares the goal of this treaty, the abolition of nuclear weapons... but as we differ in how to approach the issue, we will not become a signatory," he said referring to the treaty.
The UN announced on Saturday that the treaty is set to take effect on Jan. 22 after Honduras became the 50th country to ratify the pact.
The global pact, which was approved by the 193-member UN General Assembly in 2017, requires all ratifying countries to "never under any circumstances develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices."
But the five major nuclear powers China, France, Russia, UK and the US, as well as other nuclear weapon states such as India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel have not joined the treaty.
As the only country to have suffered a nuclear attack, Japan has sought to paint itself as a leader in international efforts for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.
But Japan also depends on the US nuclear umbrella to protect it from threats including North Korean missiles, preventing it from endorsing an all-out ban on the production, use and stockpiling of nuclear weapons.
Asked if Japan would be willing to participate as an observer, Kato stressed the need for "careful consideration based on Japan's position."
Survivors of the August 1945 US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which together killed an estimated 214,000 people by the end of that year, and other anti-nuclear activists have urged the administration of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to sign onto the historic but largely symbolic treaty.
In Nagasaki, a digital clock erected in front of the city hall on Monday began the countdown to the treaty's entry into force.
"There is only one path Nagasaki is pursuing, and that is the one that leads to realizing a world without nuclear weapons," Mayor Tomihisa Taue said at an unveiling ceremony.
Around 50 activists marched through central Hiroshima carrying large banners and signs calling for Japan to join the treaty, which was adopted in July 2017 with the support of 122 countries and regions.
Kunihiko Sakuma, the head of a group supporting survivors and himself an A-bomb victim, said he was confident the world was moving toward abolishing nuclear weapons. "We won't give up," the 76-year old said. — KUNA/Kyodo

Clic here to read the story from its source.