Japan offers Iran access to nuclear power to enrich uranium

Posted Feb 25, 2010 by Andrew Moran
A new report shows that Japan is offering Iran access to nuclear power in order to enrich uranium despite international fears that Iran might be developing a nuclear weapon.
A view of the main reactor building of Bushehr nuclear power plant  1 000 kilometers south of Tehran...
A view of the main reactor building of Bushehr nuclear power plant, 1,000 kilometers south of Tehran.
Fars File Photo
The Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday that Japan is offering Iran to allow access to nuclear power in order enrich uranium, according to AFP. The published report shows that Japan proposed the offer in December with United States approval when Tehran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili visited Tokyo.
However, Iran has not given a response to Japan but it is expected to be discussed in Tokyo between Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijiani and Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. Press TV reports that the uranium would be used at Tehran’s research reactor to produce medical isotopes.
“Japan strongly hopes Iran's nuclear issue will be resolved peacefully and diplomatically ... and that Iran considers a related UN Security Council resolution seriously,” said Katsuya in a meeting.
United States President Barack Obama announced earlier this month that the US and their allies are developing new sanctions against Iran, notes Ria Novosti. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expects the United Nations Security Council to impose new sanctions against Iran within the next 30 to 60 days, reports Press TV.
Japan has strongly supported efforts for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament; while Iran has declared several times that it’s a signatory of the NPT and doesn’t believe in either atomic weapons or the use of such WMDs.