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Hatoyama urges Iran to act to dispel nuclear skepticism

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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