Kazakhstan and Japan have come out with a powerful joint statement calling on the world to make everything needed to ensure the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and to move towards a world without nuclear weapons.
The statement, signed and issued by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Oct. 27, recommitted the two countries, each with its own tragic page of history written by nuclear weapons, to working towards that goal.
CTBT, a treaty that would ban all nuclear tests for any reason, was open for signature in 1996, but still awaits signature or ratification by eight specific countries for it to enter into force.
In their statement, Nazarbayev and Abe expressed their commitment to the entry into force of the CTBT, saying their countries share a moral responsibility to prevent tragedies caused by nuclear weapons.
“As countries which experienced and are fully aware of the threat of nuclear weapons, Kazakhstan and Japan share the moral authority and responsibility to raise the awareness of the people throughout the world about the humanitarian catastrophes nuclear weapons have brought about. With this special mission in mind, Kazakhstan and
Japan are determined to work together closely, pursuing a world free of nuclear weapons,” the leaders said in the statement.