Foreign Minister leaves for 4-day visit to Japan

The Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders (Francophone liberal) will leave for a 4-day visit to Japan on Sunday evening. Mr Reynders will meet with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono to discuss issues including the denuclearisation of North Korea. He will also meet with business leaders. 

The issue of the Brexit that is causing great concern in the Far East will also be one of the subjects the Belgian Foreign Minister will discuss while he is in Japan.    

From the start of next year Belgium will start a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. One of Belgium’s aims is to use its position on the Security Council to help force progress towards the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Although the treaty dates back to 1996 it can only become effective once all countries that have nuclear technology sign up to it. Both Belgium and Japan signed and ratified the treaty many years ago.

Mr Reynders and the Japenese Foreign Minister will discuss how the treaty can be included in the talks with North Korea on nuclear disarmament. The treaty isn’t only binding, but it also provides for extensive verification to ensure its conditions are being adheared to.   

Mr Reynders will also visit Hiroshima, one of two Japanese cities destroyed by aan atom bomb at the end of WWII.