Japan Urges Asian States to Adopt Stricter Nuclear Export Rules

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Jan. 21, 2014, 5:51 a.m.

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.

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