Iran’s Zarif to Japan PM: we are not seeking heightened tensions

Zarif made the comments in Yokohama, near Tokyo, during the beginning of his meeting with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. (File/AFP)
Updated 28 August 2019

Iran’s Zarif to Japan PM: we are not seeking heightened tensions

  • Trump said he would meet Iranian president under the right circumstances
  • Rouhani said there will no talks until US lifts sanctions off Iran

TOKYO: Iran is not seeking to increase tension but every country should be able to enjoy its rights under international law, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday.
Zarif made the comment in Yokohama, near Tokyo, at the beginning of a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“As our president has said, we are not at all seeking heightened tensions,” Zarif said, speaking through a translator.
“We believe every country should be able to enjoy its rights under international law.”
US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of an international agreement aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program in 2015 and reimposed sanctions on it.
Trump said on Monday he would meet Iran’s president under the right circumstances to end the confrontation over the nuclear deal, and that talks were underway to see how countries could open credit lines to keep Iran’s economy afloat.
But Trump ruled out lifting economic sanctions to compensate for losses suffered by Iran.
On Tuesday, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would not talk to the United States until all sanctions were lifted.
Japan, Washington’s closest Asian ally, has historically had friendly ties with Iran. Abe visited Tehran in June to try to ease tensions.


Saied wins Tunisia presidency with 72.71 percent: commission

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Saied wins Tunisia presidency with 72.71 percent: commission

  • Saied garnered 2.7 million votes against one million received by his rival business tycoon Nabil Karoui in Sunday's runoff, the commission said

TUNIS: Conservative political outsider Kais Saeid has won Tunisia's presidential election with 72.71 percent of votes, the North African country's electoral commission said Monday.
Saied garnered 2.7 million votes against one million received by his rival business tycoon Nabil Karoui in Sunday's runoff, the commission said.