The Foreign Ministry of South Korea and Japan welcomed the extension of the “START-3” Treaty to Limit Strategic Offensive Weapons between Washington and Moscow.
“Our government welcomes the extension of the New START Treaty for a period of five years between the governments of Russia and the United States … Our government believes that this treaty strengthens the nuclear non-proliferation regime based on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and strengthens international peace and security .. We expect Progress in discussing a weapons containment regime that is compatible with the new international security environment based on this treaty.
For its part, Japan welcomed the extension of the treaty, and its foreign ministry said in a statement: “This treaty regulates and controls the reduction of nuclear warheads and launch vehicles, and reflects important progress towards nuclear disarmament of the United States and Russia. Our country welcomes its extension for a period of five years. Our country expresses its hope that this progress will lead.” , Which goes beyond the borders of the United States and Russia, to create a broad arms control architecture that will include a wide range of weapons systems in a wide range of countries.
The ministry added that Japan, as the only country affected by the nuclear bomb during the war, should take upon itself the task of becoming the leader of the international community to implement the principle of “a world without nuclear weapons.”
On Wednesday evening, Russia and the United States announced that the decision to extend the START-3 treaty between them would come into effect, after it was on the verge of collapse during the era of former US President Donald Trump, despite the Russian side submitting repeated proposals to extend the treaty signed between the two countries in 2011.