“We note that Iran denies it is withdrawing from the nuclear deal,” Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura told a news conference on the same day after Tehran announced the suspension of some of its commitments under the 2015 agreement, japantimes.co.jp reported.
“We intend to contribute to regional peace and stability, utilizing our traditional friendly relations with Iran,” Nishimura added.
Tokyo has consistently supported the deal that terminated sanctions by the US and Europe against Iran in exchange for restrictions on the Middle Eastern country’s peaceful nuclear development activities.
When the US 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.
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order imposing fresh sanctions to prohibit trade in metals, mainly steel, with Iran. Some Japanese officials say Tokyo should urge Washington to exercise restraint.
Amid heightened military tensions marked by the dispatch of a US carrier strike group to the Middle East, Tokyo is seeking ways to facilitate talks between Iran and the US.
“Both sides are seeking dialogue,” a Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs source said.
“There’s a limit, but there’s also a role Japan can play.”