China calls for Japan to stick to non-nuclear principles
Updated: 2006-10-17 19:46
China on Tuesday called for Japan to stick to its "Three Non-Nuclear
Principles" and take a responsible attitude to safeguarding regional peace and
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao made the remarks at a regular
press briefing in response to a question concerning the suggestion by some
Japanese politicians that Japan should develop its nuclear weapons, following
the nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
"We hope Japan, as a signatory of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of
Nuclear Weapons, will strictly carry out its obligations and stick to the Three
Non-Nuclear Principles," Liu said.
The principles, approved in 1971, state that Japan will not produce, possess
or allow nuclear weapons on its territory.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last Tuesday that Japan would stick
to its "Three Non-Nuclear Principles" and was not planning to possess nuclear