Iran’s frozen funds were another issue discussed during a meeting with Iranian officials, the Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.
Tehran, Iran Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is participating in a series of high-level meetings in Tehran to discuss a series of issues, including Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers and the development situation in Afghanistan.
As part of the Middle East trip, Motegi arrived in the Iranian capital on Saturday night and met with President Ibrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, Security Chief Ali Shamhani and Parliament on Sunday. Speaker of the Speaker Mohamed Bagr Galibuff.
The newly elected president told him that Iran is still committed to Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA), just like the well-known nuclear agreement, the United States unilaterally abandoned the agreement in 2018 and imposed sanctions.
“Americans must respond to world public opinion, why did they fail to fulfill their commitments under the JCPOA and withdraw from this international agreement,” Raisi said, while also emphasizing that Iran is not opposed to negotiations.
According to the president’s website, Motegi Motegi reiterated Tokyo’s support for multilateral agreements, stating that “we believe that the restoration of JCPOA will benefit everyone and help resolve problems through dialogue.”
Representatives of Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States are expected to return to Vienna soon to continue negotiations on resuming the agreement suspended after the six rounds of negotiations in July to allow the new government to come to power. Formed in Tehran.
But among other things, there are key disagreements on how and which sanctions the United States needs to lift and how Iran will again scale back its nuclear program, which makes people doubt whether the deal can be resumed.
On Sunday, the Iranian president also told Motegi that he welcomed the efforts of Japan and neighboring countries to help Afghanistan, which was recently occupied by the Taliban a few days after the withdrawal of US troops.
Raisi reiterated his position that the Afghans must decide the direction of their country, and said that the Americans withdrew from Afghanistan after 20 years and admitted that their existence was a mistake.
“There is no doubt that in the foreseeable future, we will also witness this confession of guilt in the region and other countries in the Persian Gulf region,” he said, condemning the “bullying” of the United States in the region.
Motegi expressed concern about the recent developments in Afghanistan and emphasized the need to stop violence and protect the people.
“Tokyo supports the diplomatic efforts of regional countries to achieve regional peace and stability. It is our basic position to resolve problems through dialogue,” he said.
During the meeting, the issue of a large number of Iranian assets being frozen in Japan due to US sanctions was also raised. It is believed that the total amount exceeds 1.5 billion U.S. dollars.
“It is unreasonable to delay the release of Iranian assets in Japanese banks,” the president said.
A delegation led by Motegi met with outgoing Foreign Minister Zarif at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier on Sunday.
Zarif said in a tweet that the two sides “discussed strengthening bilateral relations, how to restore JCPOA, and the disastrous situation designed by the United States in Afghanistan.”
I am very happy to host Japan FM Motegi in Tehran on Sunday.
This may be my last meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister. We discussed strengthening bilateral relations, how to restore JCPOA, and the disastrous situation designed by the United States in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/HBkJDcfpAr
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) August 22, 2021
The Twitter account of the Japanese Embassy in Tehran also announced that the two countries had signed a customs agreement.
“The goal of the agreement is to provide administrative support and joint cooperation in customs affairs,” it said.