Possible transfer of nuclear weapons to Seoul and Tokyo from the control of the United States would be a gross violation of the Treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, told RIA Novosti on Saturday, head of the international Committee of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev.
On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said that does not preclude future decisions that may lead to the appearance of nuclear weapons in South Korea and Japan. While Tillerson did not specify whether we are talking about the deployment of American nuclear weapons on the territory of these countries or develop their own weapons. Earlier he had stated that he does not exclude the possibility of further weapons and, in particular, equipment of nuclear facilities, allies in East Asia to deter North Korea.
“We need to look at the details and the accuracy of the translation. One thing — if we are talking about the location of US nuclear weapons on the territory of these countries. Bad from the point of view of prospects of settlement of the Korean situation, but at least did not violate international law,” — said Kosachev.
“But the transfer of nuclear weapons to non-nuclear powers under the command and control (USA), would be a direct and flagrant violation of the NPT,” he stressed.