Abe Seeks Iran's Restraint over Uranium Enrichment


Yokohama, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday called on Iran to exercise restraint over the country's reported readiness to raise its uranium enrichment to 20 pct purity, which would pave the way for diversion to nuclear weapons, as early as September.

"Iran should refrain from additional actions that could spoil the nuclear deal," Abe told Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at their meeting in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, referring to a 2015 historic agreement between Iran and six major powers limiting Iran's nuclear activities.

The two broadly agreed that another meeting will be held between Abe and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in New York in September on the sidelines of a U.N. General Assembly session.

"Japan would like to continue making tenacious diplomatic efforts to stabilize the Middle East situation," Abe said, prodding Iran to de-escalate its tensions with the United States.

Zarif was dismissive of compromise with Washington, which keeps economic sanctions on Tehran in place. He said that all nations should enjoy their due rights while noting that Iran does not want to see a rise in tensions.

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