India, Japan reaffirm commitment for total elimination of nuke weapons

October 26th, 2010 - 1:05 am ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh Tokyo, Oct.25 (ANI): While holding extensive talks on bilateral, regional and global issues of shared interest, the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, here on Monday reaffirmed their shared commitment to the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan today stressed at the importance of bringing into force the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) at an early date.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh reiterated India’s commitment to a unilateral and voluntary moratorium on nuclear explosive testing.

However, underscoring the significance of peaceful uses of nuclear energy and of further strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation efforts, the two Prime Ministers decided that India and Japan would enhance cooperation in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation through close dialogues, including at regularly held bilateral nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation meetings as well as at the Conference on Disarmament.

Both the leaders supported strengthening of international cooperation with a view to address the challenges of nuclear terrorism and clandestine proliferation and expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the Nuclear Security Summit of April 2010, including the establishment by Japan of the Integrated Comprehensive Support Center for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Security to be established in Japan and the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership to be established by India.

Both the Prime Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to work together for immediate commencement and an early conclusion of negotiations on a non-discriminatory, multilateral and internationally and effectively verifiable Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) in the Conference on Disarmament.

They further reiterated that nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation are mutually reinforcing processes. (ANI)

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