With an eye to achieving the early enforcement of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the government held an international conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 27 for officials from Asia-Pacific nations in charge of the CTBT. In a message, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called for cooperation to bring the treaty into force: “We need to take a step forward without waiting for other nations.” The CTBT bans all nuclear tests that involve nuclear explosions.
Participating in the conference were manager-level officials from about 30 countries, including China and Pakistan, which possess nuclear weapons. Kishida stressed that rebuilding trust between nuclear and non-nuclear states is critical to jumpstart nuclear disarmament efforts. At the conference, Japan introduced its framework for detecting seismic waves and radioactive noble gases, which are released in nuclear tests. Japan also communicated its intent to help other countries improve their technology.