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Larijani Sends Messages of Sympathy to Japanese Counterparts

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 13 (ICANA) – In separate messages cabled to Japan’s President of House of Councilors Takeo Nishioka and Speaker of House of Representatives Takahiro Yokomichi, Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani expressed sympathy with the people and government of Japan over the killer quake and ensuing tsunami that hit northeast of Japan Friday.
Sunday, March 13, 2011 12:13:32 PM
Larijani Sends Messages of Sympathy to Japanese Counterparts

In his messages, Larijani said Iran was ready to help the victims of the horrible quake.

Head of Iran's Red Crescent Society Abolhassan Faqih said the body was ready to supply the victims of the earthquake in northeastern Japan with medicine, hygienic products and food supplies.

The quake unleashed a seven-meter (23-foot) tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks, measuring more than 6.0 on the Richter scale, for hours.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has offered the Islamic Republic's condolences to the people of Japan.

In a message to his Japanese counterpart Takeaki Matsumoto, Salehi expressed his deep sorrow over the 9-magnitude earthquake that rocked Japan on Friday and triggered a devastating tsunami.

The Iranian minister pointed to the Japanese nation's record of hard work and perseverance and expressed hope that the people will overcome the aftermath of the natural disasters and get through their difficult conditions.

Salehi offered his sympathies to the families of the victims of the Friday quake and heavy floods and said Tehran is ready to aid the disaster-hit country in any possible way.

Meltdowns have reportedly occurred in two of Japan's nuclear reactors while a risk of another explosion is reported at Japan's quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power.

The Japanese government made the announcement on Sunday as the cooling system of one more reactor has reportedly failed.

Reports say the plant's operator issued the warning after reactor number six lost its cooling function.

The operator now states that the radiation level at the site has surpassed the legal limit.

Meanwhile, thousands of Japanese have been evacuated from the area after Saturday's explosion at the earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant.

The powerful blast hit the nuclear power plant following Friday's catastrophic 9-magnitude earthquake in the country.

The emergency cooling system at the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant stopped functioning on Sunday, requiring engineers to pump water to cool the plant's reactor in an attempt to avoid a meltdown at the site, Reuters reported.

Experts say that a large number of people in affected areas would suffer from acute radiation syndrome and there would be a rise in specific types of cancers and stillbirths if a full meltdown occurred.

Experts earlier expressed concerns that the damage could lead to a core meltdown and release of radioactive steam.

The government has declared a state of nuclear emergency, shutting down several atomic reactors in the quake-affected areas.

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