Courtesy Call on Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Minister of Japan, by H.E Dr. Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran

December 22, 2009

On December 22 (Tue), Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Minister of Japan, received a courtesy call by H.E Dr. Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The meeting took approximately 35 minutes starting at 4 pm. An outline of this meeting is as follows.


(1) Prime Minister Hatoyama stated that he welcomed Secretary Jalili's visit to Japan and that he placed great importance on the relations with Iran, a traditional friendly country and he hoped to continue to expand the relations. Prime Minister Hatoyama also stated that he was aware Secretary Jalili planed to visit nuclear power plant and Hiroshima during his stay in Japan. Prime Minister Hatoyama expressed his desire that Secretary Jalili would understand how much effort Japan was dedicating to the safety of nuclear power plant, and the strong and resolute feelings Japan holds against the development of nuclear weapons.

(2) In response, Secretary Jalili congratulated Prime Minister Hatoyama on assuming office and noted that the new approaches being taken by the new government in diplomacy were being carefully watched by the international community, and Iran has also been following the new government of Japan with much interest. Secretary Jalili stated that both countries shared a number of common traits and went on to say that he felt Japan and Iran could cooperate in a variety of fields including the field of energy, together with nuclear energy, as well as the Afghanistan issue and other matters.


(1) Secretary Jalili stated that, regarding the sending the Iranian-made low-level uranium out of the country, Iran has requested the IAEA to supply fuel for its nuclear research reactor for medicinal purposes and has basically accepted the idea of the exchange of the Iranian-made low-enriched uranium for this fuel. He also explained that the matter has been politicized and has ceased to advance.

(2) In response, Prime Minister Hatoyama said that it would be possible for Japan and Iran to cooperate in the field of energy as well as matters including peace and development in Afghanistan if trusts would be built in the international arena and proper circumstances are provided. He also expressed his concern about the growing distrust between Iran and Europe as well as the United States. He said that if those mutual distrusts were dissolved and move toward peace, then Japan was ready to fulfill its role.


(1) Secretary Jalili stated that weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, were against the teachings of Islam and that Iran would never develop nuclear weapons.

(2) Prime Minister Hatoyama said that he wanted to believe those words and pointed out the importance of implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions and full cooperation with the IAEA. He stated that he would like Iran to show its intention through action in order to gain the confidence of the world's nations.

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