Qalibaf urges Japan to release Iran’s assets
Qalibaf made the remarks during a meeting Sunday with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu visiting Tehran, where the two sides discussed areas of mutual interest as well as regional and global developments.
Iran’s top parliamentarian thanked the Japanese side for donating coronavirus vaccines to Tehran, saying humanitarian cooperation between Tehran and Tokyo was a hallmark of the 90-year-old relationship between the two sides.
Qalibaf, however, criticized Japan’s measure to freeze Iranian assets under pressure from the United States, saying, “We expect the Japanese government to take serious action to unfreeze Iranian assets, in particular to facilitate the fight against Iran. the coronavirus pandemic ”.
The Speaker also highlighted Washington’s unilateral decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, saying: “By leaving the JCPOA, this country has gained a foothold in all forms of multilateral and international interactions and provoked the imposition of illegal sanctions on our nation and government. “
As a party to the JCPOA, Iran has honored all of its commitments, he said, adding: “The Americans must honor their commitments. The obstructive acts of the United States have made it impossible (for Iran) to even purchase medicine during the coronavirus pandemic, and we expect Japan, as a peace-loving country, to show a serious reaction to this problem. “
Japan’s foreign minister, for his part, said his country was closely monitoring regional developments and the Vienna talks aimed at reviving the JCPOA, adding that solving very complex issues requires more negotiations, Press TV reported. .
Tokyo underscores the commitment of all JCPOA signatories to the agreement, Motegi said.
He also stressed the importance of improving trade and economic cooperation between Tehran and Tokyo.