Kono Presses Iran to Remain Committed to Nuke Deal
Tokyo, May 16 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Thursday met with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, pressing the Middle East country to remain committed to the 2015 nuclear deal.
"We strongly urge Iran's continuous implementation" of the deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Kono told Zarif.
Their meeting took place in Tokyo amid heightened tensions between Iran and the United States, which withdrew from the deal in 2018.
"Realizing stability in the Middle East requires Iran's positive action," Kono continued. He also expressed his country's readiness to help in order to avoid further escalation of the tensions.
Zarif defended Iran's response to the United States, saying, "We are exercising our rights within JCPOA." He was apparently asserting the legitimacy of his country's suspension of some of its commitments under the deal, announced May 8.
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