Envoy welcomes Japan’s will to bolster ties with Iran despite sanctions

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Ambassador to Tokyo Reza Nazar Ahari underlined that Iran and Japan, as two influential countries in the regional and international arenas, are resolved to expand bilateral ties in various fields regardless of the West sanctions on Tehran.

Nazar Ahari expressed the hope that the current relations between Iran and Japan would remain safe and sound from unilateral sanctions imposed by Washington.

He said that recent trip of Special Envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Masahiko Komura to Iran testifies Tokyo’s enthusiasm to upgrade relations with Tehran in all fields.

The Iranian envoy said that Iran is one of the reliable resources for supply of crude oil to Japan, adding that the trend will continue in the future.

On Sunday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, in a meeting with Komura, underlined Tehran’s determination to further develop bilateral ties with friendly countries, including Japan.

“The new government of Iran is determined to enhance relations with all friendly countries,” President Rouhani said.

Komura submitted a message from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to President Rouhani, and said, “The Japanese government is interested in the further expansion of the old-age relations between Tokyo and Tehran.”

President Rouhani expressed his gratitude for the Japanese prime minister’s message, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the Japanese government’s will and decision for the further development of the bilateral relations.”

Earlier on Sunday, Komura met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, where the two sides hailed the existing bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, and vowed to bolster mutual cooperation in various fields.

Washington and its western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed west’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.

The Islamic Republic says that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

By Fars News Agency


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