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Cablegate: Goj Makes Clear Icnnd Report Is Unofficial

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SUBJECT: GOJ MAKES CLEAR ICNND REPORT IS UNOFFICIAL

1. (SBU) Takeo Akiba, Minister for Political Affairs at the
Japanese embassy, called on ISN Acting Assistant Secretary
Vann Van Diepen and Special Representative for Nuclear
Nonproliferation Susan Burk on December 7 to make clear the
status of the forthcoming report of the International
Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament
(ICNND). Akiba said he had been instructed by the his
Foreign Minister to inform the U.S. government that, although
the governments of Japan and Australia had provided the
secretariat for the ICNND, the Commission was not an official
body and its report, which would be issued soon, did not
represent the views of the Japanese government. It was a
"Track 2" effort. The GOJ would rather take the ICNND's
recommendations as a point of reference. Akiba commented
that some of the Commission's recommendations -- such as
having the United States announce that the "sole purpose" of
nuclear weapons was to deter nuclear weapons' use -- would be
ambitious and not necessarily in line with U.S. policy as it
was being developed in the Nuclear Posture Review.

2. (SBU) Van Diepen replied that it was useful to have the
information about the Commission's status. He noted that he
had received a briefing on the report that morning from one
of the ICNND's co-chairs, former Australian Foreign Minister
Gareth Evans. Until the report was formally issued, the
United States could not comment officially. The United
States supports its overall objective -- a world without
nuclear weapons -- but surely there would be recommendations
it could support and others that did not accord with U.S.
policy.

3. (SBU) Amb. Burk commented that in the forums she had
attended where the ICNND was discussed, she had had the sense
that the Commission was listening to comments from various
quarters. She expected that some governments would look to
it as they developed their positions for the May 2010 Nuclear
Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.
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