Japan on Monday urged its Asian neighbors to adopt stricter rules on the export of sensitive nuclear items, Kyodo News reported.
“It is becoming more important for Asian countries to strengthen export control systems amid growing risks that countries with insufficient export controls may be used by North Korea and Iran as a ‘loophole’ to procure nuclear-related materials,” Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told an audience in Nagasaki.
Taiwan on a yearly basis documents hundreds of violations of its export controls, according to previous news reports. Past violations have included the sale to Iran of nuclear weapons-related technology that originated in Japan. Chinese firms are seen by U.N. sanctions experts as a primary enabler of North Korean schemes to import restricted weapons technology, including mobile missile launcher platforms.
“Expansion of the peaceful use of nuclear power globally has led to an increase in the danger of nuclear terrorism,” Kishida said. “I believe Japan needs to properly respond to this issue.”
He announced that Tokyo would contribute $455,000 to the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, in part to upgrade a network for detecting underground atomic test blasts. Japan chairs the commission in 2014.