Hatoyama speaks against nuke arms on Iran trip
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 08, 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 08, 2012, 19:07

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