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Hatoyama speaks against nuke arms on Iran trip

Last Updated: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 19:07

Tehran: Visiting former Japanese Prime
Minister Yukio Hatoyama met with Iranian Foreign Minister
Ali-Akbar Salehi in the Iranian capital, telling him no nation
should possess nuclear weapons.

"No country should possess weapons of mass destruction,
especially nuclear weapons," Hatoyama, who arrived in Tehran
yesterday, said during the meeting with Salehi, after
referring to the 1945 US atomic bombings on the southwestern
Japan cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II,
local media said.

Salehi said talks with six countries, namely five
permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, will
be a chance for Iran to build a trusting relationship with
Europe and the United States.

Salehi also said Iran`s nuclear program is for peaceful
purposes and it will never abandon its right to the program.

Hatoyama, who is visiting the country in a personal
capacity to make efforts toward a peaceful resolution of the
standoff over Tehran`s nuclear program, will meet Sunday
morning with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad before
leaving the country in the evening.

Hatoyama visited Iran despite the Japanese government`s
concerns that this could result in "dual diplomacy."

He was the Democratic Party of Japan`s first prime
minister after the party came to power in September 2009.

He stepped down in June 2010, partly due to his inept
handling of the security relationship with the United States.


First Published: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 19:07
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