Japan, India committed to total elimination of nuclear weapons

Japan and India reaffirmed their shared commitment to the complete elimination of nuclear weapons during India's diplomatic visit to Japan on Wednesday.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a joint statement about the visit on Wednesday. The meeting celebrated the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The two prime ministers reaffirmed their commitment to work together to commence and conclude negotiations on a non-discriminatory, multilateral and internationally and effectively verifiable Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty. Singh and Abe also supported strengthening international cooperation to address issues of nuclear terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

Both prime ministers expressed a commitment to helping India to become a full member in international export control regimes like the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Australia Group, the Missile Technology Control Regime and the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Singh and Abe directed their officials to accelerate the negotiations of an agreement for the cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

The two prime ministers also expressed their concern over North Korea's continued development of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and uranium enrichment activities. Singh and Abe urged North Korea to meet its U.N. Security Council obligations and its other relevant commitments.