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TOKYO (AP) — Iran's foreign minister is pushing back against calls for deeper cuts to its nuclear program.

Mohammad Javad Zarif says that the West "cannot entertain illusions" of Iran completely ending its uranium enrichment program. Speaking in Tokyo on Wednesday, he also reiterated that his country is not going to close its heavy-water nuclear reactor.

His remarks came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Washington, D.C., that Iran must dismantle its enrichment facilities and the reactor.

Iran is trying to negotiate a deal with the U.S. and six other global powers to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.

Zarif said Iran is eager to tap Japan's nuclear power technology and also seeks investment in its oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

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