Visit to Japan by H.E. Dr. Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran (December 20-24: Outline)

December 24, 2009

H.E. Dr. Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, visited Japan from Dec 20 to 24 at the invitation of the Japanese Government. He held a meeting (including luncheon) with H.E. Mr. Katsuya Okada Minister for Foreign Affairs on Dec 21 and paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Yukio Hatoyama Prime Minister on Dec 22. The following is an outline of the meeting. In addition to these discussions, Secretary Jalili visited the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station in Niigata Prefecture on Dec 23 and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Dec 24 during his stay in Japan.

1. Bilateral Relations

(1) Secretary Jalili mentioned that Iran and Japan had been enjoying friendly relations, and stated that the proposal package, which was submitted by Iran (in September 2009) to the EU3 (the United Kingdom, Germany and France) +3 (the United States, Russia and China) and included three pillars of cooperation: politics and security; economy; and other specific fields including nuclear energy, would be valid as a foundation for cooperation with Japan.

(2) Prime Minister Hatoyama stated that he placed importance on the relations with Iran, a traditionally friendly country toward Japan, and he hoped to continue to expand the relations. He also stated that there was potential for cooperation with Iran in the areas of energy and Afghanistan's peace and development, if a relationship of mutual confidence was constructed in the international arena and a suitable environment was provided. Foreign Minister Okada said that he wanted to continue high-level political dialogue with Iran in substantive form, and that there was an array of areas of potential cooperation such as support for Afghanistan, while pointing out that such cooperation had become difficult due to the international situation surrounding Iran.

2. Regional and International Situation

(1) The Nuclear Issue

(a) Secretary Jalili stated that nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction are against the teachings of Islam and that Iran would never develop nuclear weapons. Concerning the fuel supply for the Tehran Nuclear Research Reactor for medical purposes, Secretary Jalili explained that Iran requested the IAEA to supply fuel and basically accepted the idea of exchanging fuel from the IAEA and other countries with Iranian-made low-enriched uranium as a commercial deal, but the other party politicized the matter by raising a number of conditions, and brought negotiations to a standstill.

(b) 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, and urged Iran to show its intention through its actions. He also expressed his concern about the growing distrust between Iran and relevant countries, and stated that if such mutual distrust was dissolved and progress was made toward peace, Japan was ready to play its role. Foreign Minister Okada expressed deep concern about the current situation surrounding the nuclear issue, stated that what was the most important for Iran was to overcome the nuclear issue and that he would like to see determination from Iran to reach a resolution acceptable to the international community.

(2) Iran-US Relations
Foreign Minister Okada stated that the policy of the administration of United States President Barack Obama was an opportunity for Iran, and that it would be unfortunate for Iran to be placed in a severe position because of failing to take advantage of this opportunity. In response, Secretary Jalili stated that US President Obama was in fact the one who should be advised not to miss the opportunity.

(3) The North Korea Issue
Foreign Minister Okada stated that North Korea's nuclear and missile development was an issue that directly affects Japan's security, and that the international community had strong concerns about the cooperative relationship between Iran and North Korea. In response, Secretary Jalili stated that Iran's nuclear issue was completely different from that of North Korea, and that Iran criticized North Korea's development of nuclear weapons. He further stated that the abduction issue should be resolved internationally as well.

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