US-Japan nuclear pact extended despite concern over Tokyo's plutonium stockpile
A nuclear pact between Japan and the United States has automatically been extended, despite growing international concern over Tokyoâs stockpile of plutonium.
Japan has reportedly amassed enough plutonium to make 6,000 atomic bombs, prompting fears that the growing stockpile is vulnerable to terrorists and natural disasters.
There are also concerns that the reserve could encourage regional powers such as China to follow suit or be used as an excuse by North Korea to circumvent its promises to denuclearise.
The bilateral Japan-US nuclear pact, which came into force in July 1988, has permitted Tokyo to reprocess spent fuel, extract plutonium and enrich uranium for 30 years.
The pact, which can now be terminated with only six monthsâ notice, puts Japan in the unusual position of being the only country in the world without nuclear arms that is allow ed to reprocess spent nuclear fuel.Source: Google News Japan | Netizen 24 Japan