Japan welcomes new U.S.-Russia nuclear disarmament treaty

14:58, April 09, 2010      

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Japan on Friday welcomed a new nuclear disarmament treaty signed between the United States and Russia and urged the two countries to ratify it soon.

"It's great news for the world, that the number of nuclear warheads and their means of delivery will be drastically reduced," prime minister Yukio Hatoyama told reporters, adding that he urged the two nations to "ratify it soon".

Hatoyama pledged that Japan, as a country that has suffered atomic bombings, will take the lead in realizing a world without nuclear weapons.

The new treaty would bring the number of nuclear warheads deployed by the United States and Russia to the lowest level ever and replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START 1.

Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa also hailed the signing of the treaty, saying it is "the first step toward a new world."

The signing of the new treaty came ahead of the U.S.-sponsored Nuclear Security Summit in Washington next Monday and Tuesday.

Hatoyama will attend the nuclear security summit, but will unlikely to have formal talks with U.S. President Barack Obama due to Obama's tight schedule, while local media said there is also speculation that Washington has refrained from setting up an official meeting due to row over a U.S. Marine base in Japan.

Source: Xinhua


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