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Foreign Minister Kishida to attend NPT review conference

Kyodo

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to attend a Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty implementation review meeting in New York starting in late April, officials said Monday.

The native of Hiroshima will call for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation in his address to the review conference, which is held every five years, the officials said.

Kishida intends to also hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry while at the conference.

A focus of attention at the conference will be whether Japan, Australia and other nonnuclear countries can get their nuclear disarmament proposals included in a final document.

In their nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation initiative in 2010, they called for progress in U.S.-Russia nuclear disarmament negotiations and for other nuclear countries’ participation.

While Japan intends to urge other countries, including the United States and Russia, to agree to put these proposals in the final document toward the conference, the U.S.-Russia confrontation over Ukraine is expected to make this difficult.

The last time a Japanese foreign minister attended a NPT review conference was in 2005 when Nobutaka Machimura took part. No Japanese Cabinet minister attended the 2010 conference.

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