Japan Hopes to Mediate between U.S., Iran over Nuke Deal


Tokyo, May 9 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government hopes to mediate between the United States and Iran to rescue the 2015 international nuclear deal, officials have said.

"We note that Iran denies it is withdrawing from the nuclear deal," Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura told a news conference Thursday after Tehran announced the suspension of some of its commitments under the 2015 agreement.

"We intend to contribute to regional peace and stability, utilizing our traditional friendly relations with Iran," Nishimura also said.

Tokyo has consistently supported the landmark deal that terminated sanctions by the United States and Europe against Iran in exchange for restrictions on the Middle East country's nuclear development activities.

When the U.S. government decided in May last year to withdraw from the accord, Japan acted in concert with European countries and said that it would be extremely regrettable if the decision had a significant impact on the maintenance of the deal.

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