Hatoyama urges Iran to act to dispel nuclear skepticism
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 16:17
Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama urged Iran's nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili to take action to dispel international skepticism over the country's nuclear development program, the country's Foreign Ministry has said.

During a 35-minute meeting at the prime minister's office yesterday, Jalili told Hatoyama that developing any weapons of mass destruction including nuclear arms would violate the teachings of Islam and that his country would never develop nuclear weapons, the ministry said.

Hatoyama responded that he would like to believe his words and wants Iran to demonstrate its commitment by abiding by a series of UN resolutions as well as fully cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The Japanese leader also asked Jalili, who is also secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, to understand that Japan is resolutely opposed to the development of nuclear weapons because of its experience of being attacked with atomic bombs in 1945.

Jalili is planning to visit Hiroshima on Thursday. During the talks, which were briefly open to the media, Hatoyama also told Jalili that if he visits the atom-bombed city he will understand why nuclear weapons should never be used.


First Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 16:17

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