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Rouhani: Japan wants to keep buying Iranian oil

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 13, 2019 13:41

Rouhani: Japan wants to keep buying Iranian oil

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tehran that Japan wants to keep buying Iranian oil, as tension between Tehran and Washington stokes fears of fresh conflict in the Middle East. Abe himself did not mention Japan’s currently suspended purchases of Iranian oil, however, instead focusing on the need to avoid any unintended clashes in the region.Abe’s visit is the first by a Japanese leader to Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution.On a visit to Japan last month, U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Abe’s help in dealing with Iran, highlighting what he called the “very good relationship” between Tokyo and Tehran.To slash Iran’s oil exports, Washington has revoked waivers since May that had allowed some countries including Japan to continue buying Iranian crude and has effectively ordered countries to stop purchasing Iranian oil or face sanctions of their own.As a U.S. ally that also has good diplomatic relations with Iran, Japan could be in a unique position to mediate between the Islamic Republic and the United States.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 13, 2019 13:41