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Iran's top nuclear negotiator visits Japan

RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, December 21 (RIA Novosti) - The head of Iran's Security Council has arrived in Japan for talks on issues including the controversial Iranian nuclear program.

Iranian state channel Press TV said Saeed Jalili, who represents the country in the long-running international negotiations on its nuclear program, will be in Japan for five days.

On arrival, he said Iran wants to cooperate with Tokyo to help all countries have "a world free of nuclear arms."

During his visit, the Iranian diplomat will meet with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada.

Japan is the world's third largest producer of nuclear power, with 53 reactors. However, the country has no nuclear weapons, and is the only country to have suffered a nuclear attack.

Iran is close to launching its first nuclear plant, built by Russians in Bushehr. The country denies Western allegations that the nuclear program is a cover for atomic weapons development.

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