Statement by the Press Secretary/ Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Iranian Nuclear Issue

December 3, 2009

  1. Assuming it is true, Japan is strongly concerned about the rejection by the Islamic Republic of Iran of the proposed agreement made by the IAEA regarding the sending the Iranian-made low-enriched uranium out of the country, and Iran’s intention to enrich uranium to approximately 20% by itself, as this decision is detrimental to the results of the meeting between the EU3 (the United Kingdom, Germany, and France) + 3 (the United States, Russia, and China) and Iran held on October 1. The Government of Japan again strongly urges Iran to take constructive steps in order to utilize and move forward the results of the meeting.
  2. Japan will continue to work toward a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of the nuclear issue by close cooperation with the major relevant countries including the EU3 + 3 as well as by continuously reaching out Iran based on Japan’s unique relations with Iran.