Iran: Japanese FM discusses nuclear deal, turmoil in Afghanistan | Iran news

Iran’s frozen funds were another topic covered in a meeting between Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Iranian officials.

Tehran, Iran – Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is visiting Tehran for a series of high-level meetings on a range of issues including the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers and the evolution of the situation in Afghanistan.

Motegi, who arrived in the Iranian capital late Saturday night as part of his Middle East tour, met President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Security Officer Ali Shamkhani and Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf on Sunday.

The newly elected president told him that Iran remains committed to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal, which the United States unilaterally abandoned in 2018, is known as the imposition of sanctions.

“The Americans should respond before the world public opinion about why they did not implement their commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and exit from this international agreement,” Raisi said, stressing that Iran is not against negotiations.

According to the president’s website, Motegi reiterated Tokyo’s support for the multilateral agreement, saying, “We believe that restoring the JCPOA is beneficial to all and can help resolve problems through dialogue.”

Representatives from Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States are expected to return soon to Vienna to continue talks on restoring the deal that was paused after six rounds in July to allow the new administration in Tehran to take shape.

But major disagreements – among other things – over how and what US sanctions should be lifted and how Iran could scale back its nuclear program have cast doubt on whether the deal can be restored.

American “bullying”

On Sunday, Iranian President Motegi told him that he welcomed the efforts of Japan and neighboring countries to help Afghanistan, which was recently occupied by the Taliban within days after the withdrawal of US forces.

Raissi reiterated his position that Afghans must decide the direction for their country, and said that the Americans admitted to withdrawing after 20 years in Afghanistan that their presence was a mistake.

“Without a doubt, we will witness such confessions by other countries in the region and in the Persian Gulf region in the foreseeable future,” he said, denouncing American “bullying” in the region.

Motegi expressed his concern over the recent developments in Afghanistan, stressing the need to stop the violence and protect the people.

He was quoted as saying that “Tokyo supports the diplomatic efforts made by the countries of the region to achieve peace and stability in the region, and our basic position is the need to resolve issues through dialogue.”

The issue of the large amount of Iranian assets still frozen in Japan due to US sanctions, which is believed to be more than $1.5 billion, was also raised during the meeting.

“The delay in releasing Iranian assets in Japanese banks is not justified,” the president said.

The delegation led by Motegi earlier on Sunday met with outgoing Foreign Minister Zarif at Iran’s Foreign Ministry.

Zarif said in a tweet that the two sides “discussed strengthening bilateral relations, how to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and the catastrophic situation orchestrated by the United States in Afghanistan.”

The Twitter account of the Japanese embassy in Tehran also announced that the two countries had signed a customs agreement.

She added that “the aim of this agreement is to provide administrative support and joint cooperation in customs affairs.”

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