Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida is reportedly visiting Iran by November as part of its efforts to help resolve the issues over their alleged nuclear weapons development. Japan is looking to become the mediator between Tehran and the Western world as they work towards the elimination of the Middle Eastern country’s nuclear program.
This was reported as Iran and six other nations hold talks in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear future where Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi is presenting their proposal that has the “capacity to make a breakthrough” for the issue that has put them on the receiving end of sanctions from the west. Japan has maintained friendly relations with Tehran and now that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has shown a strong willingness to negotiate with their dispute with the West, Tokyo is in a position to help this process along. Rouhani met with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a few weeks ago, where the Iranian president said he expects the decades-old dispute to be settled soon.
Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany are meeting with Iranian officials as they discuss whether or not their accusations that Iran has been seeking nuclear arms capability has any basis. Tehran has denied this, saying their nuclear program is “peaceful” and their local media has reported that part of their proposal is reducing their level of uranium enrichment, which is one of the conditions for the United Nations to lift sanctions against them. Japan, while still having diplomatic relations with Iran, has reduced their crude oil imports from them as part of the economic sanctions imposed on the Middle Eastern nation.
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