HEADLINE US nuke report may affect Tokyo’s non-nuclear policy: Japanese media

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US nuke report may affect Tokyo’s non-nuclear policy: Japanese media

By Liu Junguo | People's Daily app

14:06, February 06, 2018

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Photo taken on Feb. 2, 2018 shows the news conference on the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, at the Pentagon. (Photo: AP)

Tokyo (People's Daily) - The latest Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) released by the US shows that the Trump administration is determined to develop new nuclear-armed, sea-launched cruise missiles (SLCM), which appears to challenge Japan’s three non-nuclear principles if they are deployed in the Pacific region, the Kyodo News Agency reported.

Tokyo insists the "Three Non-Nuclear Principles" of not processing, not producing and not allowing the introduction of nuclear weapons into the country, as in the 1960s then-Prime Minister Eisaku Sato made the statement at the Budget Committee hearing in the House of Representatives.

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry  launches a Tomahawk cruise missile on March 29, 2011. (File photo: VCG)

The new cruise missile is considered the latest version of the nuclear-armed Tomahawk missile, a sharp contrast to Obama administration's 2010 NPR on the new SLCM policy of retiring the nuclear-armed Tomahawk missiles.

For many years, Japan has allowed nuclear-armed US warships and submarines to harbor in its ports. Experts think that once the new missile gets restored, it would be possible for the US to bring nuclear weapons to Japan.

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US President Donald Trump (left) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a news conference at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan, November 6, 2017. (File photo: VCG)

Japanese media say the Japanese government on Saturday said it "highly appreciates" the NPR, noting that the updated policy helps enhance deterrence amid a worsening security environment partly caused by North Korea's nuclear and missile development. 

Many believe that Japan’s reliance on the US nuclear umbrella conflicts with the country’s non-nuclear policy. 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken an inconsistent attitude toward the policy, as he has been trying to sound out his government’s intention of reviewing the principles in the parliament. 

(Compiled by Chen Zilin)

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