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Kishida dismisses possibility of sending observers to conference on nuclear weapons ban treaty

NHK reported on remarks made at the Diet earlier in the day by Prime Minister Kishida, who rejected a call by an opposition lawmaker for Japan’s participation as an observer in the first Meeting of States Parties to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons scheduled for March. In response to a statement made by former Foreign Minister Okada that the session would present Japan with a great opportunity to demonstrate its position on nuclear disarmament and remind the world of the real-life consequences of atomic bombing, the prime minister said: “We have been repeatedly confronted with and devastated by the cold reality that nothing changes without actions by the nuclear states. If Japan were to take part in the conference without forging a relationship of trust with President Biden and the United States first, the relationship of trust, which is crucial, would be undermined and that would make nuclear disarmament even more difficult.” Speaking of his desire to hold talks with the U.S. leader at an early date, the premier stressed that he is committed to building a relationship of trust with the President without fail from the standpoint of creating a world without nuclear weapons.

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