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Iran has special interest in Persian Gulf stability : Zarif to Kono

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Tokyo, Aug 27: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  informed his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on Tuesday  about Tehran’s special interest in maintaining stability in the strategic Persian Gulf.

During the meeting, Kono emphasized Japan’s concern over rising tensions in the Middle East and expressed Tokyo’s willingness to contribute in easing tensions through diplomatic efforts.

At the outset of their talks in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Kono said, “We are worried about tensions in the Middle East, and we hope to make some diplomatic efforts to ease tensions.”

Zarif met Kono in Yokohama and said the two countries were keen in keeping the energy market stable, which in turn made it important to maintain security in the Persian Gulf.

The talks about securing Persian Gulf have started as tensions between Iran and U.S. were heightened after Washington unilaterally withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and thereafter the tensions  surged in the Persian Gulf in the wake of a series of attacks against oil tankers.

Washington has also requested Japan to become a part of its coalition to protect oil tankers that pass through the Strait of Hormuz in the face of possible aggression from Iran.

On the issue of nuclear agreement signed in 2015, the  Japanese Minister also urged Tehran to return to the framework of the deal as soon as possible and to respect the restrictions on its atomic programme that includes  limit to the quantity and level of nuclear enrichment Tehran is allowed to carry out even if it is for peaceful means.

Iran announced it would gradually stop compliance.

Kono said Iran should return to the framework of the deal as soon as possible and added that there should be a limit to the quantity and level of nuclear enrichment Tehran is allowed to carry out even if it is for peaceful means.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani will meet Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York next month, Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported, citing Japan’s Foreign Ministry.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Yokohama on Wednesday. Zarif said they had “good and constructive” discussions on the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal and reducing tensions in the Persian Gulf.

While Japan wasn’t party to the nuclear agreement, Abe has sought to defuse the confrontation between the U.S. and Iran.

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