Meeting Between Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran
May 31, 2010
On May 31 (Mon) from 5:00 p.m. to around 7:10 p.m., Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held talks and a working dinner at Iikura House with Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the start of the meeting, Foreign Minister Mottaki explained the agreement reached among three countries (Iran, Turkey, and Brazil) concerning the supply of nuclear fuels to the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR),and stressed the importance of cooperation toward the implementation of the agreement.
- In response, Foreign Minister Okada made the following statements:
(1) Japan understands the agreement as a result of extended negotiation efforts, and appreciates the fact that Iran compromised on the point within the agreement about its sending out of low-enriched uranium, as a certain step forward. Since Japan has also discussed the issue with Iran, we welcome steady implementation of the agreement as conducive to confidence building between Iran and the international community.
(2) However, the agreement does not touch on the essence of Iran's nuclear issue. Although Iran claims its nuclear activities are for peaceful purpose, has not fulfilled its responsibility of securing the trust of the international community. Moreover, Iran continues with the uranium enrichment activity aimed at about 20 percent enrichment level, which constitutes a further violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions. Additional sanctions by the Security Council cannot be avoided if such a state is continued.
(3) Japan expects a future-oriented, courageous decision-making by Iran for the good of its people. From this standpoint, Iran should immediately suspend its about 20 percent enrichment activity, at the very least, and seriously consider suspension of all enrichment-related activities and other steps demanded in the relevant Security Council resolutions.
(4) Japan intends to continue cooperation toward the solution of the issue.
- After an exchange of views on this issue, the two ministers concluded the meeting by confirming that they would continue to keep in close contact with one another.