News ID: 253898
Published: 0146 GMT June 08, 2019

Iran: Lifting of US sanctions could help make Japanese PM’s visit successful

Iran: Lifting of US sanctions could help make Japanese PM’s visit successful

Iran’s top security body said on Saturday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Tehran next week can be successful if efforts are made to return the US to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the JCPOA, and lift sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

“Efforts to bring the United States back to the JCPOA, compensate damages and remove extraterritorial sanctions can be a guarantee of the success of the trip,” Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) spokesman Keivan Khosravi wrote on Saturday.

Khosravi hailed bilateral relations between Iran and Japan, saying they “have always enjoyed a balanced and stable level and flow.”

“The visit to Iran by Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan, is definitely an important development in the area of consolidating and developing friendly relations between the two countries, and certainly the country's highest executive authority will use this opportunity to increase Japan's political credibility."   

Speaking on Thursday, Japan's government spokesman announced that Abe will visit Iran in an effort to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Chief cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Abe's trip, to take place “soon,” will be the first by a Japanese leader to Iran in 41 years.

“We will make efforts to make it meaningful,” Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference about the trip. Local media have said Abe will hold talks with Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.

“We believe it is extremely important that, at the leadership level, we call on Iran as a major regional power to ease tension, to adhere to the nuclear agreement and to play a constructive role for the region’s stability,” Suga said, adding that the visit will take place from June 12-14.

The trip comes amid escalating tension between Iran and the United States and a year after US President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal with world powers and reimposed sanctions.

Abe told a news conference with Trump: "By closely cooperating between Japan and the US, I would like to help ease the current tension surrounding the Iranian situation."

Fears that the war of words could flare into a military clash escalated when Washington dispatched the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier group, an amphibious assault ship, a Patriot missile battery and B-52 bombers to the region.

Diplomatic experts said Abe could probably persuade Iran and the United States to resume direct talks, dial down tension and begin to gradually normalize ties.

Press TV, Reuters and AFP contributed to this report.



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