By A. DiFilippo
This publication explores the obvious contradictions at the back of Japan's said objective of nuclear disarmament and its tacit reputation of being secure via the U.S. nuclear umbrella.
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Notiﬁcation of withdrawal from the ABM Treaty, that is, that “one of the signatories, the Soviet Union, no longer exists,” did not apply to America’s security alliance with Japan. -Japan military alliance actually occurred during the Clinton administration in the 1990s. -initiated missile defense project. 53 Precipitated by Pyongyang’s unannounced launch of the Taepo Dong-1 missile that ﬂew over Japanese territory in August 1998, the formal bilateral exchange between Washington and Tokyo on missile defense has led to noticeable changes in this work over time.
D. W. Bush. However, Ari Fleischer, George W. Bush’s press secretary, clariﬁed the president’s position when he stated that the possibility of nuclear testing has not been eliminated “to make sure the stockpile, particularly as it is reduced, is reliable and safe. ”71 Besides clearly identifying the possibility of the resumption of nuclear testing, the Nuclear Posture Review included other plans that should have created much angst for Japanese policy makers. Tokyo had been pleased to hear that discussions between presidents Bush and Putin had produced sanguine results in that each agreed to lower substantially their countries’ nuclear arsenals.
Undertaken during the tenure of Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki, the report indicated that while Japan could build rudimentary atomic weapons it would need considerable support from the United States to develop more technologically advanced nuclear weapons. S. assistance in extracting plutonium suitable for nuclear weapons. ”22 The most recent internal study conducted by the Japanese Defense Agency in 1995 (but not made public until 2003) on the feasibility of Japan developing nuclear weapons argued that there were three major reasons why Tokyo should not seek a nuclear arsenal, even if North Korea were to have one.