Iran says its nuclear program should be treated like Japan’s

TEHRAN, May. 2 (MNA) – It took Japan many years to build confidence about its nuclear program without being asked to suspend enrichment and now Iran’s nuclear program should be treated the same, the Iranian foreign minister said here on Saturday.

In a joint conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone, Manouchehr Mottaki said “Japan spent a considerable number of years to build confidence in the nuclear field and we are making a similar effort.”

 

However, he said, “During those years Japan was never asked to suspend or freeze its work.” Mottaki added all countries working in this field should be treated similar to Japan.

 

Mottaki reiterated that Iran’s nuclear activities are legal and peaceful.

 

Japan's top diplomat also held talks with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday.

 

Nakasone’s talks with Iranian officials mainly focused on relations between the two countries, Iran’s nuclear program, the approach of the new U.S. administration toward Tehran,  the security situation in Afghanistan, and drug trafficking.

 

Iran and Japan enjoy traditional ties. Japan’s is a major trading partner to Iran.

 

SL/PA

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