AEOI head sets off for Japan for nuclear safety talks

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Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi has set off for Japan to hold talks with the country’s officials about the expansion of nuclear cooperation, including in the safety field. 

AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Sunday that Iran and Japan have exchanged delegations over the recent months and discussed ways to boost nuclear safety cooperation.

He added that Salehi’s visit to Tokyo is taking place to follow up negotiations about cooperation in nuclear safety.

During his four-day stay in Tokyo, the AEOI head is scheduled to hold talks with Japanese nuclear scientists and officials from Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization (JNES) and Nuclear Regulations Authority (NRA), he noted.

Salehi will also deliver speeches at the University of Tokyo and the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Kamalvandi said.

He added that Iran’s nuclear chief and his accompanying delegation will also take part in the Pugwash international non-governmental conference on nuclear disarmament in the city of Nagasaki.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida issued a joint statement in Tehran in October about nuclear safety cooperation and implementation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, are seen following their joint news conference in Tehran on October 13, 2015.

The Japanese foreign minister also agreed to help Iran implement a nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and six world powers – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - in the Austrian capital of Vienna on July 14.

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