Nov 20, 2019 19:55 UTC
  • Iran reaffirms nuclear commitments reduction as response to US sanctions

Iran has once again reiterated that its measures to scale back its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal with major powers were in response to the US reimposition of sanctions that prevented Tehran from reaping the benefits of the agreement.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remark during a telephone conversation with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi on Wednesday, Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported.

According to the report, Japan's foreign minister urged his Iranian counterpart during the telephone call to halt measures that would “undermine” the 2015 nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Zarif explained his country's stance, saying that the economic benefits promised in the nuclear deal have not been secured because of sanctions by the United States.

Motegi also called on Iran to continue to fulfill its responsibility as a Persian Gulf littoral state to provide safety of shipping in the extremely important region. He also said that Japan will continue diplomatic efforts to ease tensions in the Middle East.

For his part, Zarif said he was keen to closely communicate with Japan.