Nagasaki: Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani after arriving in Nagasaki on Saturday said that the people in the world should stand up for a nuclear-free world as it still pose a threat to humanity.
Larijani is on his first trip to the atom-bombed city and visited the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
Speaking through an interpreter, he told reporters, "Even a single nuclear bomb can pose a threat to humanity if it exists in this world. People in the world should stand up for a nuclear-free world."
The Iranian parliamentary leader inquired the museum`s director Yoshimitsu Taira about how long the impact of the bombing damage lasted and other questions.
After the visit to the museum, he offered flowers at a monument set up at ground zero in a park near the museum together with Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue.
Larijani, Iran`s nuclear negotiator from 2005 through 2007, has been in Japan at the invitation of the House of Representatives since Tuesday. He held talks with Foreign
Minister Katsuya Okada on a range of issues that included Iran`s nuclear development.
On February 18, the UN nuclear watchdog expressed concern that Iran may be conducting a clandestine program that could lead to the development of nuclear warheads. Western powers are leaning toward posing further sanctions against Tehran.
Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.