Visit to Japan of Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran
(Summary)

Meeting between Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran and Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi

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March 2004

1. Overview

Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran paid a visit to Japan from 15 to 17 March, 2004. During his stay he paid courtesy calls on Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yohei Kono and held talks with Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi.

2. Points of the Meeting

(1) Iran's Nuclear Issue

(a) The Japanese side strongly urged Iran to continue its positive moves and to sincerely implement all the requirements of all the relevant International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors Resolutions, and emphasized that it was necessary to build confidence in the international community in order to resolve the nuclear issue.

(b) The Iranian side emphasized that Iran would continue its cooperation with the IAEA, and that Iran hoped for an early resolution of the nuclear issue.

(c) Both sides agreed to continue discussions through Foreign Ministry experts on the nuclear issue.

(2) The Iraq Issue

(a) The Japanese side explained that the purpose of the dispatch of Self-Defense Forces (SDF) is not the use of force but rather the provision of humanitarian and reconstruction assistance; that Japan is cooperating with the international community for the stability of Iraq; and that Japan would like to engage in such efforts in cooperation with Iran as well.

(b) The Iranian side stated that Iran was providing assistance to Iraq; that the stability of Iraq was also important to Iran; and that Iran would like to cooperate with Japan in providing reconstruction assistance to Iraq, and in other fields.

(3) Afghanistan and Counter-Terrorism

The Iranian side stated that, just as in Iraq, it would probably take some time before a stable administration could be established in Afghanistan, but that Iran was prepared to cooperate with Japan in the matter. Furthermore, concerning anti-terrorism measures, the Iranian side stated that Iran had extradited Al Qaeda members to their home countries and that Iran intended to put some Al Qaeda members still in custody in Iran on trial

(4) North Korea

(a) The Japanese side called for confirmation that Iran was not cooperating with North Korea with regard to missiles; and for the understanding and support of Iran concerning the abduction issue.

(b) The Iranian side stated that in recent years there had been no military cooperation between Iran and North Korea; that the abduction issue was a serious humanitarian issue; and that Iran would provide all possible cooperation to Japan in this matter.

(5) Bilateral Relations

(a) The Iranian side stated that in the February parliamentary elections the majority faction and the minority faction reversed places but that there would be no modifications to diplomatic policy and that in particular the Japan-Iran relationship was regarded as important by all political parties and factions.

(b) The Japanese side responded by stating that it acknowledged the importance of the bilateral relationship.


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