Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for Tehran-Tokyo cooperation in the field of peaceful nuclear technology during a meeting with members of Iran-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group in Tokyo, Iranian IRNA news agency reported on March 5.
Stressing that Japan has always been a friendly country to the Islamic Republic, Zarif highlighted many areas of cooperation between the two countries.
He noted that based on the Geneva deal, the two countries could cooperate in the nuclear technology area, particularly in the areas of nuclear security and generation of nuclear electricity.
Iran and the P5+1(Russia, China, France, Germany, UK and the US) held meetings in Vienna in February to work on a comprehensive deal. The two sides signed an interim deal on Iran's nuclear energy program in Geneva on November 24, 2013. The deal took effect on Jan. 20.
Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas, if the country fulfills the deal's terms which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear program.
Zarif also made a speech at the foreign correspondents' club of Japan in Tokyo on March 5, Fars news agency reported.
Commenting on the Iran's oil and gas potentials and the country's regional importance, Zarif expressed interest on boosting mutual ties between Iran and Japan.
Turning to the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1, he said Tehran entered the talks believing that differences will be settled if there is good will and determination on both sides.
He also underlined that Iran will never give up its right to nuclear enrichment for peaceful purposes, adding that zero enrichment option is an illusion.
Iran and the P5+1 are set to start a new round of expert-level talks on Tehran's nuclear energy program in Vienna on March 5. The two sides will continue their talks to reach a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.