Nuclear agreement due to Abe, Modi: Japan

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Appreciating India’s commitment to non proliferation, Japan on Saturday said the nuclear agreement between Japan and India was entirely due to their Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi.

Crediting Abe and Modi for the nuclear agreement signed on Saturday between both countries, Yasuhisa Kawamura, spokesperson for Japanese Prime Minister Abe, said “this would not have been accomplished by any other leader”.

“Abe appreciates India’s commitment to unilateral and voluntary moratorium on nuclear tests,” Kawamura said, pointing out that the agreement between Japan and India was an “in principle” agreement giving “fundamental foundation” on which further steps would be taken.

Reiterating that Abe, who said on Friday that a strong India was in the interest of Japan and a strong Japan was in the interest of India, Kawamura said that the agreement would be finalised after the finalisation of technical details and necessary internal procedure.

Addressing a question on Japan’s position if India conducts a nuclear test, Kawamura said: “It will be quite natural for us to review the treaty.”

Pointing to the strategic partnership between Japan and India, Kawamura said that both countries share strategic goals.

He also underlined the importance of trilateral cooperation between Japan-India-US and Japan-India-Australia.

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