24 November 2009

Secret nuke pacts? Hmmmmm....

Keeping in mind that this is a Chinese news source, it makes you wonder just what the relevance is to a supposedly secret Japan-U.S. nuke pact

Japan's Foreign Ministry will admit that a secret pact between Japan and the United States, which allows nuclear-laden U.S. military vessels and aircraft to stopover in Japanese territory, does exist according to a statement made by the ministry on Saturday.

Following increasing allegations and mounting evidence that such a pact was in existence, Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka set up a task force in September to conduct a 'full and comprehensive' investigation into the allegations.

The task force now headed by Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and consisting of around fifteen ministry officials, has looked into some 3,200 in-house documents and 3,700 documents from the Japanese Embassy in Washington since Sept. 25. During Okada's in-house probe, documents have been found that corroborate the existence of the secret nuclear agreement, according to sources close to the matter.

Coupled with this finding, a former vice foreign minister recently came forward attesting to the Japan-U.S. clandestine understanding, saying that he was privy to the minutes of the meeting in which the secret pact was made in 1960.

By: Brant

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