Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida strongly urged Iran to accept the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to end a decade-long standoff with world powers. Meeting with President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, he told the leader that Iran would need to move forward in order to finally reach a nuclear deal, and it involves allowing observers to visit their nuclear facilities.
Under the treaty’s additional protocol, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can conduct unannounced inspections of their nuclear facilities and Iran also needs to provide them with information regarding nuclear fuel cycle activities. The current protocol is that Tehran only has to inform the IAEA three months before it transfers fissile material into the nuclear testing site. They are one of the signatories of the NPT and even voluntarily implemented the additional protocol but stopped when their case was sent to the United Nations.
Kishida also encouraged Iran to finally ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) of the United Nations. Back in 1996, they were one of the signatories of this agreement but they have not upheld it up to now. He said that these are the crucial steps that Iran needs to take that “would definitely help the process of Iran’s nuclear talks”. He is also eager to talk to his counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and share the same sentiments.
Three days of intense nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, called P5+1, ended without an agreement on Sunday. Japan is not part of the negotiations but has maintained cordial ties with the Middle East nation. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Koichi Mizushima, said “We were happy of Rouhani’s message about having good relationships with the world… as a friend, we can discuss frankly how we can cooperate so that Iran take a more important role in the world.” Japan said that they are ready to help Iran build nuclear power plants once this nuclear problem has been settled.
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