Abe: Japan Will Maintain Nuke Ban Policy

Japan's prime minister said Tuesday that Japan will stick to its policy of not having nuclear weapons despite North Korea's alleged nuclear test.

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"We have no intention of changing our policy that possessing nuclear weapons is not our option," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary session. "There will be no change in our non-nuclear arms principles."

Japan's pacifist constitution bars the use of force to settle international disputes, and Japan has maintained a policy of not producing, possessing or using nuclear weapons.