Foreign Minister Keizo Obuchi leaves today for London to attend a foreign ministers’ meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized nations to discuss recent nuclear tests by India and Pakistan.

In the meeting, which will be held Friday, major countries without nuclear arms, such as Japan, will discuss the issue along with established nuclear powers, including the United States.

Permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, which are armed with nuclear weapons, held a meeting earlier this month and denounced the tests by India and Pakistan. They also pledged to halt the arms race in South Asia but did not adopt any concrete measures to secure cooperation from the new nuclear states.

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