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Iranian FM terms "positive" his visit to Japan

Tokyo, Feb 10, IRNA -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Thursday that his visit to Japan was positive and timely.

Talking to reporters in Tokyo, Kharrazi said that due to the US pressures on Iran and the ongoing Iran-EU negotiation, the visit was appropriately well done.

During his three-day stay, Kharrazi held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Shoichi Nakagawa on several important issues.

Iranian stance toward nuclear energy was among the main issues Kharrazi raised with Japanese officials, he said.

"Iran has always sought to conduct its nuclear program with transparency," Kharrazi said.

"Many obscure issues have been resolved in this regard", Kharrazi said, adding Iran will continue its cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Kharrazi hoped that Iran would achieve its natural and legitimate right to make use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes through continued Iran-EU negotiations.

The Iranian foreign minister added that he held talks with senior Japanese officials on regional, international and Middle East issues including Iran's pivotal role in development of peace and security in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The officials also held talks on further presence of Japan in the political arena of the region as well as restructuring of the United Nations and Security Council, Kharrazi said.

On the current level of Iran-Japan cooperation, Kharrazi said the bilateral trade exchanged reached nine billion dollars in 2004.

Japan has started to cooperate with Iran on implementation of the development projects, Kharrazi said, adding that Tokyo has planned to invest in Iran in this connection.

Kharrazi was optimistic that Tehran-Tokyo cooperation would expand more than before.

Kharrazi arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he discussed major regional and international issues with senior Malaysian officials during a two-day official visit.

Kharrazi left Tokyo for Tehran earlier today.

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