China has urged the Japanese government to make clear its stance on right-wing activists’ latest pro-nuclear weapons statements, as the country continues to hold large amounts of weapons-grade nuclear materials.
“In recent years, voices in favor of nuclear weapons have kept emerging in Japan without any clarification from the government,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing on Monday.
Given the country’s massive stockpile of weapons-grade nuclear materials, the international community is obviously worried about that, Hua said.
“As a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Japan should adhere to its international obligations, and stick to its own Three Non-Nuclear Principles,” according to the spokeswoman.
Japan is reportedly in possession of 331 kg of weapons-grade plutonium, which could be used to produce 40 to 50 nuclear weapons, and another 44 tonnes of plutonium for nuclear reactors.
China requires the Japanese government to honor its nuclear non-proliferation obligation and publicly make clear its stance on recent pro-nuclear-weapons statements, Hua said.