|Abe says Japan ready for nuclear cooperation with Iran||
TEHRAN – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has welcomed the interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers, saying that Tokyo is ready to cooperate with Iran in peaceful nuclear activities.
Abe made the proposal during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tokyo on Wednesday in which the two sides discussed Tehran-Tokyo relations.
Abe also expressed hope that the two countries would expand relations.
Zarif, for his part, said that Iran is determined to strike a final nuclear deal with the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - France, Russia, China, the United States, Britain – plus Germany).
The chief diplomat added Iran is pushing for the final deal with a “good will and political determination”.
The temporary accord between Iran and the 5+1 group was signed in Geneva in November 2014. The agreement is intended to hammer out a final pact.
The first round of talks to clinch the final deal began in Vienna last month. The next round is due to resume on March 17.
‘Tehran attaches great importance to ties with Tokyo’
Zarif also said, “Tehran attaches great importance to its relation with Tokyo.”
According to the CTV News, Zarif also said Iran is eager to tap Japan's nuclear power technology and also seeks investment in its oil, gas and petrochemical industries.
During a separate meeting between Zarif and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida on Wednesday the sides discussed regional and international developments.
West ‘cannot entertain illusions’ of Iran ending enrichment program
At a news conference before meetings with the Japanese prime minister and foreign minister, Zarif said the West "cannot entertain illusions" of Iran completely ending its uranium enrichment program.
He also reiterated that his country is not going to halt construction of the Arak heavy-water nuclear reactor.
"We're not going to close it. We're not going to dismantle it. We're not going to close or dismantle anything, that is our red line," he said. "But we will address proliferation concerns that people may have."
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|Last Updated on 05 March 2014 18:25|