Iran, Japan has cooperated on quake management: Tokyo ambassador

March 15, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN, March 14 (MNA) -- Japanese Ambassador to Iran Kinichi Kumano said on Monday that Iran and Japan have had cooperation on earthquake management.

Ambassador Kinichi made the remarks in an interview with the Tehran Times on Monday after the biggest earthquake on record to hit Japan rocked the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-meter tsunami that killed hundreds of people and raised concerns about a nuclear disaster.
Kinichi stated that Iranian and Japanese experts have conducted research studies on how to reduce damage and the death rate in an earthquake which some specialists have predicted will strike Tehran as the city sits on several fault lines.
The focus of the studies was on the establishment of an emergency communication network which can be used if a disaster takes place, the ambassador said.
Kinichi added Japan has considerable experiences in earthquake management and is ready to share its experiences with Iran.
--------- Japan had anticipated such a disaster
Asked if Japanese nuclear experts had taken the possibility of such a disaster into consideration and had taken the necessary safety measures to handle the crisis, Kinichi said Japan is an earthquake-prone country and for sure had not ruled out the possibility of such a disaster.
However, other states must take a lesson from this happening and make sure that their nuclear facilities meet the highest safety standards.
---------Japan acknowledges Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology
Commenting on Iran’s nuclear activities, Kinichi stated that his country acknowledges Tehran’s right to a peaceful use of nuclear energy.
He said that when Japan began to conduct nuclear activities, its neighboring states were suspicious about the nature of the activities, however, it managed to gain the confidence of the international community over the course of many years by allowing inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Organization to visit its nuclear facilities.
Of course Japan has the capability to make nuclear weapons, but it does not have such an intention and could convince the world that its activities are meant for civilian purposes and not military ones, Ambassador Kinichi stated.
-------- Tehran-Tokyo ties influenced by anti-Iran sanctions
Asked about the relations between Iran and Japan, Kinichi said, the sanctions imposed on Iran to pressure it over its nuclear program have of course affected bilateral ties.
However, the volume of export and import between Tehran and Tokyo is considerable, he added.
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