News ID: 254271
Published: 0338 GMT June 14, 2019

Iranian MP: Japan’s economy hurt by US unilateral sanctions

Iranian MP: Japan’s economy hurt by US unilateral sanctions

Iranian lawmaker Ali Motahari said on Friday that Washington’s unilateral sanctions have been detrimental even to US allies like Japan whose economy has always been dependent on crude imports from Iran.

“Japan is not an ideological country and is more concerned about its economic interests,” Motahari said in an interview with Tehran radio channel, touching upon the recent visit of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to Iran, reported Fars News Agency.

Abe, heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, arrived in Tehran on Wednesday on two-day visit to discuss bilateral ties and cooperation.

The visit came more than one year after Washington's abrupt withdrawal from the landmark nuclear deal that led to the lifting of economic sanctions on Iran. Japan is not a member of the deal but has been a supporter.

Before making the trip, Abe and US President Donald Trump had a phone conversation on Tuesday about the Japanese prime minister's trip to Tehran.

Conveying Trump's message, Abe met on Thursday morning with Ayatollah Khamenei who explicitly refused to get involved under pressure in any form of dialogue with American president.

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