Iran Seeking Enhanced Nuclear Cooperation with Japan
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said Tehran attaches great importance to boosting its cooperation with Tokyo in construction of nuclear power plants.
“Iran, a country with as many earthquakes as Japan, needs Japan’s advanced nuclear plant construction technologies,” Araqchi told reporters at Japan National Press Club (JNPC) in Tokyo on Friday, The Japan Times reported.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he referred to Iran’s growing economic presence in the world following a lasting nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and said, “Companies all around the world are paying attention to the Iranian market.”
He added that countries reluctant to forge better economic ties with Iran will miss out business opportunities in the country.
In his two-day visit to Japan, the senior Iranian diplomat also held talks with members of the East Asian country’s International Friendship Exchange Council (FEC), members of the parliamentary friendship group of Liberal-Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) and his Japanese counterpart Shinsuke Sugiyama.
During his meetings with Japanese officials and reporters in Tokyo, Araqchi expressed optimism that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s upcoming visit to Iran would help promote relations between the two countries.
Japan’s Abe plans to visit Iran in late August to strengthen economic ties between the two nations, according to reports by Japanese media. He will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit the Islamic Republic.
The visit will come against the backdrop of a new wave of interest in ties with Iran after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran’s nuclear program and started implementing it on January 16.