TOKYO, October 26. / TASS /. Japan does not intend to join the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which is due to enter into force on January 22, 2021, but will continue to advocate for a world without nuclear weapons. This was announced on Monday at a regular press conference by the General Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers Katsunobu Kato.
"Japan will continue to play the role of leader of the movement for a world without nuclear weapons," he said, stressing that "the treaty pursues the same goal as Japan itself – the elimination of nuclear weapons." At the same time, Kato stressed that the Japanese government still has questions about the real level of support for this treaty – both among nuclear and non-nuclear powers.
According to the official position of Japan, the adoption of the document without consensus between the nuclear and non-nuclear powers will not allow the implementation of the treaty. "The Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons does not coincide with our approach to this problem, our country will not sign it. We have repeatedly voiced this, there are no changes in our position," Kato said.
The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty was adopted in New York on July 7, 2017 with the support of 122 UN member states following negotiations that did not involve nuclear powers, including Russia, Britain, China, the United States and France. In accordance with the text of the document, its participants undertake "never and under any circumstances" not to develop, test, produce or stockpile nuclear weapons, and also not to use them or threaten to use them. Countries that have acceded to the agreement will also be prohibited from deploying nuclear weapons of other states on their territory.
Japan, under the US nuclear umbrella, did not take part in the consultations and, along with the nuclear powers, is not going to sign this treaty.
On October 25, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) announced that the treaty will enter into force on January 22, 2021, as 50 countries have already ratified it.