Stick to nuclear deal, Japan tells Iran

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday has  asked Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to stick to commitments made in a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and said Japan would do what it can to ensure stability in the Middle East. Iran, the United States and other countries in 2015 signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), under which Tehran curbed its uranium enrichment capacity and won sanctions relief in return.

President Donald Trump later withdrew the United States from the deal and ratcheted up sanctions on Iran, aiming to pressure its economy by ending its international sales of crude oil. Japan was a leading buyer of Iranian oil for decades before the sanctions.

At their meeting, Rouhani asked Abe to work with other countries to help keep the nuclear deal in place.

 

Zainab Sa’id