Friday, December 10, 2010

Nuclear Issues: Iran, Japan review nuclear cooperation

Bali, Indonesia, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara on Thursday studied expansion of nuclear cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 3rd Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) in Indonesia.

The two foreign ministers called for disarmament in line with the timetable set by the United Nations and emphasized the need for the nuclear weapons states to honor their commitment to the timetable.

The Japanese foreign minister backed the next round of talks between Iran and the G5+1 scheduled to be held in Istanbul in January adding that the two countries have profound relations.

He said that the Japanese nation believes that the Iranian nation pursues a positive approach concerning the global developments.

“We do our best to consolidate ties and bolster confidence between the two nations,” he said.

Maehara said that Japan is determined to continue with high level negotiations with Iranian officials based on mutual trust.

The Iranian foreign minister, for his part, congratulated his Japanese counterpart over taking the office and said “We welcome active presence of Japan in the Asian continent as well as issues pertaining to Afghanistan and believe that countries such as Iran and Japan would deepen scientific cooperation.”

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always backed continued talks with Japan, Mottaki said and invited his Japanese counterpart to pay an official visit to Tehran.

The Bali Democracy Forum 1 (10-11-2008) and the Bali Democracy Forum II (10-11, 2009) acknowledged the strong linkages between democracy and peace and stability, as well as economic development.

The forum in the two-day conference hopes to contribute to the cause of world peace and stability in the long-term.