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Iran’s VP urges Japan to stand against U.S. unilateralism

December 7, 2018 - 21:2

Iranian Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri has called on Japan use its power and influence to put an end to “U.S. unilateralism” in the world.

“Japan must stand against U.S. unilateralism, which is threatening independent countries and might go beyond Iran's nuclear issue to encompass other issues around the globe,” he told Kyodo News in an interview published on Wednesday.

He said although Iran-Japan economic ties are currently affected by U.S. pressure, the two countries have long had good relations and Iran looks forward to a state visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for which it does “not see any obstacle”.

“Anytime he is willing to pay a visit to Iran, Tehran is ready to welcome and host him,” he added.

He also said that Iran is ready to address the concerns of Japanese companies willing to continue business with Tehran.

“We are ready to negotiate with Japanese companies who are interested to continue their business in Iran for reaching new solutions in order to ease their concerns,” he said.

He added, “The Japanese government and companies have always had their own ways to pass U.S. pressures and we hope again they use their initiatives to stay as a major oil importer from Iran.”

Referring to the U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, Jahangiri said it has “found new customers and sold our oil to them.”

He said his government has started “serious negotiations” for selling more oil to Russia and to China and other Asian countries, for example.

Jahangiri anticipated that Iran could restore its oil exports to the level of before Nov. 4 even after expiration of the six-month waivers.

He called the stated U.S. goal of getting all the nations to reduce their imports of Iranian oil to zero “very dangerous,” but at the same time “very unlikely.”

“I assure the world that if Iran would be deprived of its main source of income, we would not be silent and will take appropriate measure in the right time.”

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