Kishida meets chief of nuclear test ban treaty body ahead of G7 summit

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has met with the executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty Organization on Thursday. Kishida said he will deliver a powerful message at the upcoming G7 Hiroshima summit calling for nuclear abolition.

Kishida talked with CTBTO Executive Secretary Robert Floyd in Tokyo. The goal of Floyd's organization is to set the stage for the nuclear test ban treaty to come into force.

Kishida told Floyd he will make clear at the summit in May that Japan and its G7 partners are committed to taking realistic, practical steps to achieve a nuclear-free world.

The Japanese prime minister also pledged to work closely with the organization on North Korea.

Kishida said he cannot rule out the possibility that the North will start nuclear tests or other provocative actions, given that it has been test-firing ballistic missiles at an unprecedented pace.

He also said Japan is ready to play a role in the efforts to enhance international nuclear monitoring systems, as well as to put the treaty into force as early as possible.

Floyd expressed his appreciation for the Japanese moves. Kishida and Floyd agreed the two sides will continue working closely together.