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Former Iranian minister proposes Asian formula to Iran's nuclear case

Tokyo, March 19, IRNA - Iran's former Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari on Monday proposed an Asian solution, involving Japan and China, to Iran's nuclear problem.

Talking to IRNA before leaving Tokyo, Shariatmadari, who is member of Iran's Foreign Relations Strategic Committee, said that the Japanese can take effective steps towards settlement of Iran's nuclear standoff.

Shariatmadari said that he in meetings with Japanese officials had suggested an Asian solution to Iran's nuclear problem.

He said the 5+1 initiative, involving Europeans, was already on the table. He added the initiative mandated Iran to suspend uranium enrichment as a requisite for technical cooperation.

"However, the Asian solution, involving such states as Japan and China, can lead to settlement of Iran's nuclear problem in Asia, noting the fact that the Japanese have always offered proposals on settlement of Iran's nuclear issue," he added.

He said Iran calls for Japan's serious involvement in the case.

"Our stance is based on the Japanese playing a more serious role in the case and in regional issues, especially in those concerning Asia.

As a country seeking the UNSC membership, Japan should play its role in restoration of peace and stability to the world, especially Asia, he added.

He added that Iran had informed Japan that it can play greater role in Iran's nuclear case.

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