Friday, January 27, 2006

Eastern Asia:

U.S. Democrats Urge Japan To Halt Plan To Reprocess Spent Nuclear Fuel
27 January 2006

JAPAN ECONOMIC NEWSWIRE (KYODO) - Six U.S. Democrats have urged Japan to suspend its plan to begin a test operation to extract plutonium at a nuclear-waste reprocessing facility in the village of Rokkasho in Aomori Prefecture, Democratic congressional sources said January 27, 2005. The Democrats stated that the continued extraction of weapons usable plutonium poses significant threats to international security and nonproliferation. They are encouraging Japan to suspend plans to conduct active testing of the Rokkasho reprocessing plant. Tokyo said Japan firmly stands by its non-nuclear principles of not producing, not possessing and not allowing the entry of nuclear weapons into the country and follows domestic measures under the rules of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The six Democratic lawmakers include Edward Markey from Massachusetts, who has expertise in energy policy and nuclear nonproliferation, and Donald Payne from New Jersey.

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