Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has renewed his condemnation of the United States for pulling out of a landmark nuclear agreement and asked for Japan’s help in efforts to maintain the unravelling deal during a visit to Tokyo.
Rouhani, the first Iranian president to visit Japan in 19 years, told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the pair’s meeting on Friday that the nuclear accord signed in 2015 by Iran and several other world powers remained crucial despite the US’ unilateral withdrawal last year.
The deal, which is formally known as the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has been on life support since the US withdrawal in May 2018 and its decision to reimpose punishing sanctions on Iran.
Tehran has since taken a number of steps away from the accord designed to pressure the remaining signatories – the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia – to deliver on JCPOA’s promised economic benefits.
During closed-door talks held later on Friday, Abe expressed “grave concerns” over Iran’s resumption of nuclear activities and urged Rouhani “to stop such acts”, The Associated Press news agency quoted Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoki Okada as telling reporters.