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JCPOA paves way for further Iran-Japan ties: Zarif

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura (L) submits a written message from Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on September 20, 2015. © IRNA

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in July will prepare the ground for more economic relations between Iran and Japan.

“Japan, by making an investment in different sectors, can restore its previous economic position in Iran,” Zarif said in a meeting with Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura in Tehran on Sunday.

He added that the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has provided an opportunity for Tehran and Tokyo to strengthen their economic relations.

The top Iranian diplomat also underlined the need for promotion of bilateral cooperation on regional developments.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia -- plus Germany finalized the text of the JCPOA in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14.

Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.

The Japanese official, for his part, said his country attaches great importance to relations with Iran and expressed hope that the two countries would take measures to enhance economic ties.

He also submitted a written message from Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida to the Iranian official.

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