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Iran, Japan call for enhanced ties
Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi (R) talks to Japanese Ambassador to Iran Kinichi Kumano (L).
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Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi has called for stronger ties with Japan, noting that Tehran and Tokyo can cooperate in various fields.

“Iran sets no limits for increasing relations with Japan and the two countries can have joint cooperation in different areas,” IRNA quoted Rahimi as saying in a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Iran Kinichi Kumano on Tuesday.

Rahimi expressed sympathy over the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and said, “Considering the capabilities and advanced knowledge of the Japanese nation, we are certain that the problems in the country will soon be resolved.”

On March 11, Japan was hit by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, which left at least 28,000 people dead or missing.

The Iranian vice president added that the “culturally rich” Japanese nation should refrain from following the “wrong demands” of “bullying powers” because “those same countries hindered the Japanese nation's process of progress by the US bombardment of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

The US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 as World War II was in its final stages. Three days later, the US dropped another nuclear bomb on Nagasaki.

An estimated 140,000 people died instantly in Hiroshima or succumbed to burns and radiation sickness soon after the attack. Another 70,000 were injured.

The Japanese envoy to Iran, for his part, expressed Japan's willingness to bolster ties with Iran.

Kumano expressed gratitude for Iran's aids to Tokyo after the calamitous earthquake and tsunami, saying "the Japanese government and nation will never forget the aids and sympathy of the Iranian nation."

Iran has so far dispatched four aid consignments to the quake-hit country and the Islamic Republic's Ambassador to Japan Abbas Araqchi has expressed Tehran's readiness to provide fuel to the Japanese nation.

Earlier, Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan also thanked Iran for its humanitarian aid to the Japanese people after last month's devastating earthquake.

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