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Iran: Japanese FM discusses nuclear deal, Afghanistan turmoil

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Iran’s frozen cash was one other situation addressed in assembly between Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Iranian officers.

Tehran, Iran – Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is in Tehran for a string of top-level conferences on a spread of points together with Iran’s 2015 nuclear take care of world powers and the growing state of affairs in Afghanistan.

Motegi, who touched down within the Iranian capital late on Saturday as a part of his tour of the Middle East, met with President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, safety chief Ali Shamkhani, and parliamentary speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf on Sunday.

The newly elected president informed him Iran remained dedicated to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), because the nuclear deal is understood, which the United States unilaterally deserted in 2018, imposing sanctions.

“The Americans must answer to the world’s public opinion why they did not implement their commitments under the JCPOA and exited this international accord,” Raisi stated, whereas additionally stressing Iran just isn’t in opposition to negotiations.

According to the president’s web site, Motegi reiterated Tokyo’s assist for the multilateral accord, saying “we believe restoring the JCPOA is beneficial to all and can help resolve issues through dialogue”.

Representatives from Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, the European Union, and the US are quickly anticipated to return to Vienna to proceed talks on restoring the deal that have been paused after six rounds in July to permit for the brand new administration in Tehran to take kind.

But key disagreements – amongst different issues – over how and which US sanctions must be lifted and the way Iran can once more reduce its nuclear programme have forged doubt over whether or not the deal will be restored.

US ‘bullying’

On Sunday, the Iranian president additionally informed Motegi he welcomes efforts by Japan and neighbouring international locations to assist Afghanistan, which was lately seized by the Taliban in a matter of days after a withdrawal of US troops.

Raisi reiterated his stance that Afghans should resolve the path for their very own nation, and stated Americans have admitted by pulling out after 20 years in Afghanistan that their presence was a mistake.

“Without a doubt we will also witness such confessions by other countries in the region and in the Persian Gulf area in the foreseeable future,” he stated, denouncing US “bullying” within the area.

Motegi expressed concern over latest developments in Afghanistan, emphasising the need to cease violence and safeguard the folks.

“Tokyo supports diplomatic efforts by the region’s countries to achieve peace and stability in the region, and it is our fundamental stance that issues need to be resolved through dialogue,” he was quoted as saying.

The situation of a major quantity of Iranian belongings that proceed to be frozen in Japan due to US sanctions, thought to complete greater than $1.5bn, additionally got here up through the assembly.

“Delays in releasing Iranian assets in Japanese banks is not justifiable,” the president stated.

The delegation led by Motegi earlier on Sunday met with outgoing international minister Zarif on the Iranian international ministry.

Zarif stated in a tweet the edges “discussed strengthening bilateral relations, how to resuscitate the JCPOA, and the catastrophic US-engineered situation in Afghanistan”.

The Twitter account of the Japanese embassy in Tehran additionally introduced the 2 international locations signed a customs settlement.

“The goal of this agreement is to provide administrative support and joint cooperation in customs affairs,” it stated.


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