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Prefecture stops giving out info on nuke subs

Date Posted: 2001-10-01

Okinawa Prefecture officials announced Friday that they would suspend the disclosing to the media of information concerning nuclear submarines that make a port call at the White Beach Naval Port in Katsuren Town. The Ministry on Foreign Affairs, Okinawa Office asked the prefecture to do so on Thursday, stating that the submarines could be terrorists’ targets. Prefecture official accepted the request at an executive meeting held on Friday.

Up to now, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed the prefecture on the visits by the submarines 24-hours prior to port calls based on a 1964 agreement with the U.S.

How long 1suspending of the information will last is unknown, although results of the radiation tests conducted by the Japanese government officials at the vicinity of the submarines will continue to be revealed seven or eight hours after the port call is recognized publicly.

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