Visit to Japan by Dr. Seyyed Kamal Kharrazi,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran
(Overview and Evaluation)

September 2003

1. Overview

(1) Itinerary

Dr. Seyyed Kamal Kharrazi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran visited Japan from 27 to 28 August. On 28 August, he held meetings with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi; Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi; Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Takeo Hiranuma; and the members of the Japan-Iran Parliamentarians' League (President Taro Nakayama, Acting President Koji Omi, Acting Deputy Director-General Keizo Takemi, etc.).

(2) Purpose of Visit and Overview

This visit was realized upon the request of Foreign Minister Kharrazi and a frank exchange of opinions took place with Japanese government leaders concerning bilateral relations between Japan and Iran, international issues including the situation in Iraq and nuclear issues in Iran.

2. Remarks on the Main Points of the Meetings

(1) Iranian Nuclear Issues

(a) Japanese side

  • Iran should resolve outstanding issues promptly through full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Japan calls upon Iran to promptly and unconditionally conclude and fully implement the IAEA Additional Protocol.

(b) Foreign Minister Kharrazi

  • As written in the letter from President Seyyed Mohammad Khatami to Prime Minister Koizumi, Iran does not have a nuclear weapons development program, decided to expand its cooperation with the IAEA and begin talks on the IAEA Additional Protocol with the IAEA.
  • Iran already accepted the environmental sampling implemented by the IAEA team.
  • Iran is entitled to its use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

(2) Japan-Iran Relations

(a) Japanese side

  • Japan will continue to place importance on relations with Iran and will put further emphasis on dialogue with Iran.

(b) Foreign Minister Kharrazi

  • Japan's presence in the Middle East region is a welcome one.
  • The initiative taken by Japan in Middle East is in line with Japan's own national interest.
  • The Government of Iran would like to invite Prime Minister Koizumi and Foreign Minister Kawaguchi to visit Iran.
  • Iran is grateful that negotiations over the Azadegan oil field are continuing.

(3) International Situation

(a) Japanese side

  • An explanation was provided concerning the efforts made by Japan towards peace in the Middle East and the assistance to the Palestinian people.
  • Although currently the United States and the United Kingdom are playing the central role in the public security of Iraq, with the establishment of the Governing Council, Iraq should, from now on, proceed with its nation-building with the people of Iraq taking the initiative.

(b) Foreign Minister Kharrazi

  • The United States is assisting Israel and not considering the rights of the Palestinians.
  • Iran does not have any intention of obstructing the Roadmap.
  • Iran is concerned about the current situation in Iraq.
  • The people of Iraq are welcoming the collapse of the Saddam Hussein Administration, but do not desire to be under the military occupation of the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • Iran assesses the establishment of the Governing Council as a positive development.

3. Evaluation

(1) This visit by Foreign Minister Kharrazi is his fifth visit as a foreign minister, following his last visit in January 2002. Along with the visit of Foreign Minister Kawaguchi to Iran last May, these visits are of great significance in securing opportunities for continuing dialogue through mutual visits of government leaders of Japan and Iran.

(2) Regarding nuclear issues of Iran, a frank exchange of opinions took place. The Japanese side again expressed its strong concern over the issues. Some positive attitudes on the part of Iran were seen through Iran's decision to begin talks on the IAEA Additional Protocol with the IAEA and its acceptance of the environmental sampling implemented by the IAEA team as well as Foreign Minister Kharrazi bringing with him the letter from President Khatami addressed to Prime Minister Koizumi. Japan emphasized that it is most important for Iran to take specific actions promptly.

(3) Furthermore, the government leaders were able to actively exchange opinions over peace in the Middle East and the issue of Iraq.


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