Canadian External Affairs Minister Don Jamieson has opened a six-day official visit to Japan by meeting Japanese ministers for two days of talks (24/25 January).
Canadian External Affairs Minister Don Jamieson has opened a six-day official visit to Japan by meeting Japanese ministers for two days of talks (24/25 January). A new agreement for Canada to supply natural uranium to Japan was discussed, together with a fishing treaty. After this visit, Mr. Jamieson was to travel to China to meet the Chinese leaders under Chairman Hua Kuo-feng.
SYNOPSIS: At the talks in the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, the main topic concerned greater safeguards on uranium supplies.
Meeting with Mr. Jamieson and his delegation was Japanese Foreign Minister Sunao Sonoda. Canada is Japan's main supplier of uranium. It suspended shipments a year ago to seek improved guarantees on how the ore would be used.
Canada wanted to revise a 1959 agreement, following India's explosion three years ago of a nuclear device helped by Canadian technology. Japanese Ministers agreed to a revision allowing Canada to supervise transfer of information on nuclear technology. The agreements ends 14 months of negotiations.
The talks were also expected to aim at agreeing to a fishing treaty fixing quotas and conditions for Japanese fisherman operating inside the 200-mile zone Canada proclaimed last year.